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truffle

Use the noun truffle when you're talking about a fancy French mushroom or a certain type of rich, fancy chocolate. Try not to combine the two types of truffles in the same dish!

The rare and delicious fungus known as a truffle has a distinct, savory taste that's loved by many people. There are several different types of truffles, the most popular of which are white truffles and black truffles. Both are gathered with the help of specially trained pigs and dogs that can easily smell them. The chocolate delicacy also known as a truffle was named in the 1920's for its resemblance to the round, often dark brown fungus.

Definitions of truffle
  1. noun
    any of various highly prized edible subterranean fungi of the genus Tuber; grow naturally in southwestern Europe
    synonyms: earth-ball, earthnut
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    type of:
    fungus
    an organism of the kingdom Fungi lacking chlorophyll and feeding on organic matter; ranging from unicellular or multicellular organisms to spore-bearing syncytia
  2. noun
    edible subterranean fungus of the genus Tuber
    synonyms: earthnut
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    type of:
    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. noun
    creamy chocolate candy
    synonyms: chocolate truffle
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    type of:
    candy, confect
    a rich sweet made of flavored sugar and often combined with fruit or nuts
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