Definition of Truffle

1. Noun. Any of various highly prized edible subterranean fungi of the genus Tuber; grow naturally in southwestern Europe.

Exact synonyms: Earth-ball, Earthnut
Group relationships: Genus Tuber, Tuber
Generic synonyms: Fungus

2. Noun. Edible subterranean fungus of the genus Tuber.
Exact synonyms: Earthnut
Generic synonyms: Veg, Vegetable, Veggie

3. Noun. Creamy chocolate candy.
Exact synonyms: Chocolate Truffle
Generic synonyms: Candy, Confect

Definition of Truffle

1. n. Any one of several kinds of roundish, subterranean fungi, usually of a blackish color. The French truffle (Tuber melanosporum) and the English truffle (T. æstivum) are much esteemed as articles of food.

Definition of Truffle

1. Noun. any of various edible fungi, of the genus ''Tuber'', that grow in the soil in southern Europe; the earthnut ¹

2. Noun. a creamy chocolate confection, in the form of a ball, covered with cocoa powder ¹

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Definition of Truffle

1. an edible fungus [n -S] : TRUFFLED [adj]

Medical Definition of Truffle

1. Any one of several kinds of roundish, subterranean fungi, usually of a blackish colour. The French truffle (Tuber melanosporum) and the English truffle (T. Aestivum) are much esteemed as articles of food. Truffle worm, the larva of a fly of the genus Leiodes, injurious to truffles. Origin: OF. Trufle, F. Truffe; akin to Sp. Trufa, tartufo; of uncertain origin; perhaps from L. Tuber a tumour, knob, truffle. Cf. Tuber, Trifle. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Truffle

truelove knot
truffle (current term)
truffle hog
truffle hogs
truffle oil
truffle oils

Literary usage of Truffle

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The Edinburgh Review by Sydney Smith (1869)
"So long since as the time of Pliny and Dioscorides, the truffle seems to have been known and ... The truffle most commonly obtained in Britain is Tuber ..."

2. The Book of the Garden by Charles McIntosh (1855)
"The truffle has never been satisfactorily produced artificially in Britain, though Bradley, writing in 1726, speaks of its cultivation as an easy matter. ..."

3. The Deserts of Southern France: An Introduction to the Limestone and Chalk by Sabine Baring-Gould (1894)
"... a Nursery—When the truffle is Ripe—- The Pig- as truffle-Hunter—Dogs Employed—The Growth of the Tuber—The Preservation of the truffle—Commerce in ..."

4. The Popular Science Review: A Quarterly Miscellany of Entertaining and (1862)
"The truffle of our markets occurs in rounded nodules, varying in size from a nut to that of a large potato, irregular in form, with a rough warty-looking ..."

5. The Living Age by Making of America Project, Eliakim Littell, Robert S. Littell (1858)
"M. Ravel thinks that the truffle is produced quite accidentally in the vegetation of a ... The tree he distinguishes as the truffle-oak, and the fly as the ..."

6. A Dictionary of Chemistry and the Allied Branches of Other Sciences by Henry Watts (1869)
"The aroma of the truffle is very volatile, and passée over with water in distillation. ... The organic constituents of the truffle are mannite, malic acid, ..."

7. Longman's Magazine by Charles James Longman (1895)
"truffle-hunting in Wiltshire. WERE the Anti-Sporting League to succeed in stopping the slaughter of all wild animals, it is consoling for the sportsman to ..."

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