[ toh-foo ]
/ ˈtoʊ fu /


a soft, bland, white cheeselike food, high in protein content, made from curdled soybean milk: used in Asian and vegetarian cookery.

Origin of tofu

1875–80; < Japanese tōfu < Middle Chinese, equivalent to Chinese dòufu (dòu bean + turn sour, ferment)
Also called bean curd. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for tofu


/ (ˈtəʊˌfuː) /


unfermented soya-bean curd, a food with a soft cheeselike consistency made from soya-bean milk

Word Origin for tofu

from Japanese
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Word Origin and History for tofu



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

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