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tofu

[toh-foo]
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noun
  1. a soft, bland, white cheeselike food, high in protein content, made from curdled soybean milk: used in Asian and vegetarian cookery.
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Origin of tofu

1875–80; < Japanese tōfu < Middle Chinese, equivalent to Chinese dòufu (dòu bean + turn sour, ferment)
Also called bean curd.
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tofu

noun
  1. unfermented soya-bean curd, a food with a soft cheeselike consistency made from soya-bean milk
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Word Origin

from Japanese
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Word Origin and History for tofu

n.

soy bean curd, 1880, from Japanese tofu, from Chinese doufu, from dou "beans" + fu "rotten."

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