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Definition of the noun truffle

What does truffle mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: truffles

  1. any of various highly prized edible subterranean fungi of the genus Tuber; grow naturally in southwestern Europe
    • lexical domain: Plants - nouns denoting plants
    • synonyms of truffle: earth-ball / earthnut
    • more generic word: fungus = an organism of the kingdom Fungi lacking chlorophyll and feeding on organic matter
    • member of: genus Tuber / Tuber = type genus of the Tuberaceae: fungi whose fruiting bodies are typically truffles
  2. edible subterranean fungus of the genus Tuber
    • lexical domain: Foods & Drinks - nouns denoting foods and drinks
    • synonym of truffle: earthnut
    • more generic words: veg / vegetable / veggie = edible seeds or roots or stems or leaves or bulbs or tubers or nonsweet fruits of any of numerous herbaceous plant
  3. creamy chocolate candy


Truffle: A truffle is the fruiting body of a subterranean Ascomycete fungus, predominantly one of the many species of the genus Tuber. Some of the truffle species are highly prized as a food. French gourmand Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin called truffles "the diamond of the kitchen". Edible truffles are held in high esteem in French, Georgian, Greek, Italian, Middle Eastern and Spanish cooking, as well as in international haute cuisine. Truffles are ectomycorrhizal fungi and are therefore usually found in close association with the roots of trees. Spore dispersal is accomplished through fungivores, animals that eat fungi.

  • also known as Fungi, Cloud ears, dried

There are other foods with truffle in their name, like Truffle Oil and Chocolate Truffle.


Truffle is a musical group.


Truffle is a fictional character from the 1999 anime TV series Trouble Chocolate.

Phrases with truffle

Phrases starting with the word truffle:

  1. Truffle Hog
  2. Truffle Oil

Phrases ending with the word truffle:

  1. Black Truffle
  2. false truffle
  3. White Truffle
  4. Chinese Truffle
  5. chocolate truffle

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Google previewFood and its functions (1900)

by James Knight

Truffle is a subterranean fungus grown in the south of Europe, chiefly in the chestnut forests of France and Italy, where it is rooted out by dogs trained for the purpose. The black truffle is the most highly valued for flavour and smell, and it enters ...

Google previewThe Little Cyclopaedia of Common Things (1906)

by George William Cox

The Truffle is a fungus which grows underground like the potato. Truffles are found mostly m woods, usually where oak, beech, and chestnut trees grow. They are generally about the size of a walnut, but some are much larger ; othe'l are aearly ...

Google previewThe Young Folks' Cyclopædia of Common Things (1880)

by John Denison Champlin

The Truffle is a kind of fungus which grows underground like the potato. Truffles are mostly found in woods, usually where oak, ...

Google previewJacques Pepin Celebrates (2001)

by Claudine Pépin

A truffle is a subterranean mushroom that grows through the root systems ofcertain trees. in $_\'l11l\lo$l$ with the host tret—primaril_\' oaks, hazelnuts. and elms. Truffles mature in 6 to I0 years and are usually found a trained dog or sow.

Google previewVick's Monthly Magazine (1882)

Occasion- TRUFFLE, OR TTBER MF.LANOSPORt'M. ally the finding of Truffles in this State has been reported, but we believe these reports have never been substantiated. Something quite similar to a Truffle is the Tuckahoe, or Indian bread, ...

Google previewDictionary of Herbs Spices Seasonings and Natural Flavorings (2013)

by Carole J. Skelly

TRUFFLE OAK: See ENGLISH OAK. TRUFFLES: Truffles are highly aromatic edible fungi (genus Tuber) which usually grow about one foot underground in the vicinityof certaintrees (usually oak) and herbs. Unlike other fungi they cannot be ...

Google previewMansfeld's Encyclopedia of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops (2001)

(Except Ornamentals) by Peter Hanelt, Institute of Plant Genetics and Crop Plant Research, W. Kilian

Perigord truffle, black truffle; ...

Google previewA Dictionary of Plant Sciences (2012)

by Michael Allaby

truffle The underground *fruit body of certain species of *Tuber. Truffles are edible and highly esteemed. T. aestivum (summer truffle) is 2-8 cm in diameter and has a dark brown, warty surface. The inside is greyish ...

Google previewThe Visual Food Encyclopedia

by QA International Collectif

Truffle Tuber spp., Tuberales 314 T ruffles are hard-to-find edible fungi that grow on the roots of trees, particularly oaks. For a long time, experts had trouble deciding how they grew and how to classify them. People used to believe that truffles ...

Google previewChambers's encyclopaedia (1905)

a dictionary of universal knowledge by David Patrick, William Geddie

TRUJILLO TRUMPETER 311 '□it "- '□ , Truffle {Tuber cestivum). numerous ; they are very generally diffused in temperate parts of the world ; they are subterranean , often found at the depth of a foot or more in the soil, usually near the roots of ...

Google previewAn Encyclopaedia of Gardening (1824)

Comprising the Theory and Practice of Horticulture, Floriculture, Arboriculture, and Landscape-gardening, Including All the Latest Improvements; a General History of Gardening in All Countries; and a Statistical View of Its Present State, with Suggestions for Its Future Progress in the British Isles by John Claudius Loudon

The truffle is a subterraneous fungus, growing naturally some inches below the surface in different parts of Britain ; and very common in the downs of Wiltshire, Hampshire, and Kent, where dogs are trained to scent it out The dogs point out the ...

Google previewThe Encyclopaedia Britannica (1894)

A Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, and General Literature

The common French truffle, T. melanosporam, is a winter species. The tubers are globose, bright brown or black in color, and rough with polygonal warts; the mature flesh is blackish gray, marbled within with white veins. It is gathered in ...

Google previewEncyclopaedia Londinensis, Or, Universal Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, and Literature (1829)

Tuber cibarium, or common truffle. — Blackish, rough with prominent warts. — Found under the surface of the ground in most parts of Europe, where the soil is light and dry; as well as in Japan, and the East Indies. Dogs are taught to find this ...

Google previewThe New Werner Twentieth Century Edition of the Encyclopaedia Britannica (1906)

A Standard Work of Reference in Art, Literature, Science, History, Geography, Commerce, Biography, Discovery and Invention... with New American Supplement, Complete in Thirty Volumes

A true summer truffle, T. menter'icnm, found in oak and birch woods on calcareous clay soil, is frequently eaten on the Continent. It is esteemed equal to T. malivum. It probably grows in of the chief European truflles. Enlarged 500 diameters.

Google previewChambers's Encyclopaedia: Swastika to Zyrianovsk and index (1896)

TRUJILLO TRUMPETER 311 Truffle {Tuber mtivum) numerous ; they are very generally diffused in temperate parts of tlie world ; they are subterranean, often found at the depth of a foot or more in the soil, usually near the roots of trees, ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of the Exquisite (2010)

An Anecdotal History of Elegant Delights by Jessica Kerwin Jenkins

TRUFFLE An ediblefungus “Whosoever pronounces the word 'truffle' gives voice to one which awakens erotic and gastronomical dreams equally in the sex thatwears skirts and the one that sprouts a beard,” declared France's great gourmand ...

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The value of this 7-letter word is 13 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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