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truffle

[truhf-uh l, troo-fuh l]
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noun
  1. any of several subterranean, edible, ascomycetous fungi of the genus Tuber.
  2. any of various similar fungi of other genera.
  3. 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
Related formstruf·fled, adjective
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truffle

noun
  1. 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
  2. Also called: rum truffle mainly British 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

n.

"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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