truffle

[ truhf-uhl, troo-fuhl ]
/ ˈtrʌf əl, ˈtru fəl /

noun

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.

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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 tūbertuber1

OTHER WORDS FROM truffle

truffled, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for truffle

truffle
/ (ˈtrʌfəl) /

noun

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
Also called: rum truffle mainly British a sweet resembling this fungus in shape, flavoured with chocolate or rum

Word Origin for truffle

C16: from French truffe, from Old Provençal trufa, ultimately from Latin tūber
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