l) KEY NOUN:
- 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.
Alteration of French trufe
, from Old French, from Old Provençal trufa
, from Vulgar Latin *tfera
, from dialectal variant of Latin tber
; see teu-
in Indo-European rootsOTHER FORMS:truffled(Adjective)