- any of an order (Tuberales) of fleshy, edible, potato-shaped ascomycetous fungi that grow underground; esp., any of a European genus (Tuber) which are cultivated and regarded as a delicacy
- any of a number of rich chocolate candies made to resemble this in shape and color
Origin of truffle; from French truffe ; from OIt truffa ; from Vulgar Latin an unverified form trufera ; from Osco-Umbrian an unverified form tufer, for Classical Latin tuber: see tuber
- 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.
- Any of various round candies made of chocolate, butter or cream, sugar, and various flavorings, often coated with cocoa powder.
Origin of truffleAlteration of French trufe, from Old French, from Old Provençal trufa, from Vulgar Latin *tūfera, truffles, from dialectal variant of Latin tūber, lump; see teu&schwa;- in Indo-European roots.
The word in the Germanic languages (except Icelandic) is a loanword from French truffe (previously trufle) (whence Danish and Norwegian trøffel, German Trüffel) , which originates from Old Provençal