truffle

[truhf-uhl, troo-fuhl]
noun
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 cocoa, or sometimes a three-layered cube of light and dark chocolate.

Origin:
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

truffled, adjective
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truffle (ˈtrʌfəl)
 
n
1.  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.  chiefly (Brit) Also called: rum truffle a sweet resembling this fungus in shape, flavoured with chocolate or rum
 
[C16: from French truffe, from Old Provençal trufa, ultimately from Latin tūber]

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truffle
"edible fungus," 1591, from M.Fr. trufle (1370), 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 from terræ tuber. Extended 1926 to powdered, round
chocolates that look like truffles.
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Example sentences
Add some truffle honey, fig cake, and good crackers.
Travel with an actual truffle hunter and his dog and witness the ways in which
  they uncover this rare mushroom.
For dessert, you can choose to have strawberry shortcake, chocolate truffle
  mousse or fresh fruit soda.
Nibble on sweet pea risotto, polenta with truffle oil and sweet potato cakes
  with spicy harissa mayonnaise.
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