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truf·fle  audio  (trfl) KEY 

NOUN:
  1. 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.
  2. Any of various chocolate confections, especially one made of a mixture including chopped nuts, rolled into balls and covered with cocoa powder.

ETYMOLOGY:
Alteration of French trufe, from Old French, from Old Provençal trufa, from Vulgar Latin *tfera, truffles, from dialectal variant of Latin tber, lump; see teu- in Indo-European roots

OTHER FORMS:
truffled(Adjective)


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