truffles

2 definitions found

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Truffle \Truf"fle\ (?; 277), noun [OF. trufle, F. truffe; akin to Sp. trufa, tartufo; of uncertain origin; perhaps from L. tuber a tumor, knob, truffle. Cf. {Tuber}, {Trifle}.] Any one of several kinds of roundish, subterranean fungi, usually of a blackish color. The French truffle ({Tuber melanosporum}) and the English truffle ({Tuber aestivum}) are much esteemed as articles of food.

{Truffle worm} (Zool.), the larva of a fly of the genus {Leiodes}, injurious to truffles.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

truffle

noun

1: any of various highly prized edible subterranean fungi of the genus Tuber; grow naturally in southwestern Europe [syn: {truffle}, {earthnut}, {earth-ball}]

2: edible subterranean fungus of the genus Tuber [syn: {truffle}, {earthnut}]

3: creamy chocolate candy [syn: {truffle}, {chocolate truffle}]

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