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[truhf-uh l, troo-fuh l] /ˈtrʌf əl, ˈtru fəl/
any of several subterranean, edible, ascomycetous fungi of the genus Tuber.
any of various similar fungi of other genera.
a candy made of soft chocolate, shaped into a ball and dusted with cocoa, or sometimes a three-layered cube of light and dark chocolate.
Origin of truffle
1585-95; < Dutch truffel(e) < Middle French truffle, truffe < Old Provençal trufa < Late Latin tūfera, *tūfer, probably < an Osco-Umbrian cognate of Latin tūber tuber1
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truffled, adjective Unabridged
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  • This sauce can be made with essence of truffle, or game, or shallot.

  • Lay a small piece of truffle on each cutlet and cover them with pigs' caul.

    The Skilful Cook Mary Harrison
  • There is reason to think that, in some cases at any rate, the mycelium is that of the truffle.

    The Beauties of Nature Sir John Lubbock
  • Hang him a week, with a truffle in him, and stuff him with chestnuts.

    The Art of Entertaining

    M. E. W. Sherwood
  • This truffle which the Beetle hunts appears to have no particular odor.

    Insect Adventures J. Henri Fabre
British Dictionary definitions for truffle


Also called earthnut. any of various edible saprotrophic ascomycetous subterranean fungi of the European genus Tuber. They have a tuberous appearance and are regarded as a delicacy
(mainly Brit) Also called rum truffle. a sweet resembling this fungus in shape, flavoured with chocolate or rum
Word Origin
C16: from French truffe, from Old Provençal trufa, ultimately from Latin tūber
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Word Origin and History for truffle

"edible fungus," 1590s, from Middle French trufle (late 14c.), from Old French truffe, probably from Old Provençal trufa, metathesized from Late Latin tufera (plural), cognate of Latin tuber "edible root." Another theory notes Italian tartuffo (Milanese tartuffel) "potato," supposedly from terræ tuber. Extended 1926 to powdered, round chocolates that look like truffles.

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