[ 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


truf·fled, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for truffle

/ (ˈtrʌfəl) /


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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