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1. Any of various edible, fleshy, irregularly rounded ascomycetous fungi, chiefly of the genus Tuber, that grow underground on or near the roots of trees and are valued as a delicacy.
2. Any of various round candies made of chocolate, butter or cream, sugar, and various flavorings, often coated with cocoa powder.
[Alteration of French trufe, from Old French, from Old Provençal trufa, from Vulgar Latin *tūfera, truffles, from dialectal variant of Latin tūber, lump; see teuə- in Indo-European roots.]
1. (Plants) 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
2. (Cookery) chiefly Brit a chocolate sweet resembling this fungus in shape
[C16: from French truffe, from Old Provençal trufa, ultimately from Latin tūber]
truf•fle(ˈtrʌf əl, ˈtru fəl)
1. any of several subterranean, edible, ascomycetous fungi of the genus Tuber.
2. any of various similar fungi of other genera.
3. a ball-shaped candy of soft chocolate dusted with cocoa.
[1585–95; < Dutch truffel(e) < Middle French truffle, truffe < Old Provençal trufa < Late Latin tūfera,*tūfer]
A rare European mushroom-like fungus, black or white in color. Regarded as a delicacy.
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|Noun||1.||truffle - any of various highly prized edible subterranean fungi of the genus Tuber; grow naturally in southwestern Europe|
genus Tuber, Tuber - type genus of the Tuberaceae: fungi whose fruiting bodies are typically truffles
fungus - an organism of the kingdom Fungi lacking chlorophyll and feeding on organic matter; ranging from unicellular or multicellular organisms to spore-bearing syncytia
|2.||truffle - edible subterranean fungus of the genus Tuber|
|3.||truffle - creamy chocolate candy|