Truffle
Truffle Truf"fle (?; 277), n. [OF. trufle, F. truffe; akin to Sp. trufa, tartufo; of uncertain origin; perhaps from L. tuber a tumor, knob, truffle. Cf. {Tuber}, {Trifle}.] Any one of several kinds of roundish, subterranean fungi, usually of a blackish color. The French truffle ({Tuber melanosporum}) and the English truffle ({Tuber [ae]stivum}) are much esteemed as articles of food. [1913 Webster]

{Truffle worm} (Zo["o]l.), the larva of a fly of the genus {Leiodes}, injurious to truffles. [1913 Webster]


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  • Truffle — or Truffles may refer to:* Tuber (genus), the edible truffles usually referred to when the word is used in connection with food * Chocolate truffle, a chocolate confection. * Various kinds of hypogeous fungi other than that mentioned above,… …   Wikipedia

  • truffle — edible fungus, 1590s, from M.Fr. trufle (late 14c.), from O.Fr. truffe, probably from O.Prov. trufa, metathesized from L.L. tufera (pl.), cognate of L. tuber edible root. Another theory notes It. tartuffo (Milanese tartuffel) potato, supposedly… …   Etymology dictionary

  • truffle — ► NOUN 1) an underground fungus that resembles a rough skinned potato, eaten as a delicacy. 2) a soft chocolate sweet. ► VERB (as noun truffling) ▪ hunting for truffles. ORIGIN obsolete French, perhaps from Latin tuber hump, swelling …   English terms dictionary

  • truffle — [truf′əl] n. [< Fr truffe < OIt truffa < VL * trufera < Osco Umb * tufer, for L tuber: see TUBER] 1. any of an order (Tuberales) of fleshy, edible, potato shaped ascomycetous fungi that grow underground; esp., any of a European genus… …   English World dictionary

  • truffle — truffled, adj. /truf euhl, trooh feuhl/, n. 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… …   Universalium

  • truffle — [16] English acquired truffle, probably via Dutch truffel, from early modern French truffle, a derivative of Old French truffe (which survives as the modern French term for the fungus). This in turn came via Provençal trufa from a Vulgar Latin… …   The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins

  • truffle — [16] English acquired truffle, probably via Dutch truffel, from early modern French truffle, a derivative of Old French truffe (which survives as the modern French term for the fungus). This in turn came via Provençal trufa from a Vulgar Latin… …   Word origins

  • truffle — [[t]trʌ̱f(ə)l[/t]] truffles 1) N COUNT A truffle is a soft round sweet made with chocolate and usually flavoured with rum. 2) N COUNT A truffle is a round type of fungus which is expensive and considered very good to eat …   English dictionary

  • truffle — UK [ˈtrʌf(ə)l] / US noun [countable] Word forms truffle : singular truffle plural truffles 1) a soft chocolate sweet that often has alcohol in it 2) a fungus that grows under the ground and is very expensive to buy because people consider it a… …   English dictionary

  • truffle — noun Etymology: modification of Middle French truffe, from Old Occitan trufa, from Vulgar Latin *tufera; akin to Latin tuber swelling, truffle more at tuber Date: 1591 1. a. the dark or light edible subterranean fruiting body of several European… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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