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[toh-foo] /ˈtoʊ fu/
a soft, bland, white cheeselike food, high in protein content, made from curdled soybean milk: used originally in Oriental cookery but now in a wide variety of soups and other dishes.
Also called bean curd.
Origin of tofu
1875-80; < Japanese tōfu < Middle Chinese, equivalent to Chinese dòufu (dòu bean + turn sour, ferment) Unabridged
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  • But if they want to become fathers, they may want to limit their tofu intake.
  • Soy can be processed into fuel, chemicals paints and tofu.
  • But because it's mostly greens and tofu and packed with nutrients, you'll be full.
  • Used for millennia to congeal soy milk into tofu, this gunk has hundreds of applications.
  • Stinky tofu is merely a snack sold in night markets.
  • Holding a tofu burger or growing a pumpkin simply doesn't draw the same envy.
  • Only in the combative world of food politics could tofu get charged with killing the planet.
  • My stir-fried tofu game has been stepped up considerably.
  • Genetically modified plants, such as the soybeans used in tofu, do not carry special labeling.
  • Gamely swallowing the abalone, he then deftly places a cube of braised tofu into his mouth.
British Dictionary definitions for tofu


unfermented soya-bean curd, a food with a soft cheeselike consistency made from soya-bean milk
Word Origin
from Japanese
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for tofu

soy bean curd, 1880, from Japanese tofu, from Chinese doufu, from dou "beans" + fu "rotten."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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