tofu

[ toh-foo ]
/ ˈtoʊ fu /
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noun

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

Nearby words

  1. toffee,
  2. toffee-apple,
  3. toffee-nosed,
  4. toffish,
  5. toft,
  6. tog,
  7. toga,
  8. toga praetexta,
  9. toga virilis,
  10. togate

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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British Dictionary definitions for tofu

tofu

/ (ˈtəʊˌfuː) /

noun

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

tofu

n.

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

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