Tofu meaning

tō'fo͝o
A protein-rich food coagulated from an extract of soybeans.
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A bland, cheeselike food, rich in protein, coagulated from an extract of soybeans and used in soups, in various cooked dishes, etc.
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A protein-rich food made from curdled soybean milk.
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Origin of tofu

  • Japanese tōfu from Middle Chinese tfiə` ffijyə` (also the source of Mandarin dòufu tofu) Middle Chinese tfiə` bean Middle Chinese ffijyə` fermented, curdled
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • Japanese 豆腐 (tōfu とうふ), from Middle Chinese 豆 (dùw "bean") + 腐 (bjú "rotten", "fermented") (compare Mandarin dòufǔ 豆腐).
    From Wiktionary