Definition of truffle in English:

truffle

Syllabification: truf·fle
Pronunciation: /ˈtrəfəl
 
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noun

1A strong-smelling underground fungus that resembles an irregular, rough-skinned potato, growing chiefly in broadleaved woodland on calcareous soils. It is considered a culinary delicacy and found, especially in France, with the aid of trained dogs or pigs.
  • Family Tuberaceae, subdivision Ascomycotina: Tuber and other genera
More example sentences
  • Examples of mycorrhizal fungi include truffles and Auricularia, the mushroom which flavors sweet-and-sour soup.
  • Upon closer inspection, the top of the truffle had grown a delicate little beard, white and fuzzy.
  • Boletus and the famous truffles are examples of these types of mushrooms.
2A soft candy made of a chocolate mixture, typically flavored with rum and covered with cocoa.
More example sentences
  • I already knew that this Aztec-themed store sold excellent chocolates, ganaches and truffles, but I had never tried any of their pastries.
  • She was just about to go to the confectioners and buy Frank some of the dark chocolate truffles he liked so much when out of the corner of her eye she saw someone striding forcefully towards her.
  • Waiting for them was a strawberry scented bubble bath, a box of dark chocolate truffles, and a bottle of white wine.

Origin

late 16th century: probably via Dutch from obsolete French truffle, perhaps based on Latin tubera, plural of tuber 'hump, swelling'. sense 2 dates from the 1920s.

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