truffle definition by Webster's New World
- 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: ; 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
truffle definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- Any of various fleshy, ascomycetous, edible 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 chocolate confections, especially one made of a mixture including chopped nuts, rolled into balls and covered with cocoa powder.
Origin: Alteration of French trufe, from Old French, from Old Provençal trufa, from Vulgar Latin *tūfera, truffles, from dialectal variant of Latin tūber, lump; see teuə- in Indo-European roots.
- trufˈfled adjective