truffle

Part of speech: noun

A fleshy underground fungus resembling the mushroom.

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Usage examples "truffle":

  1. And here again it becomes necessary to remind the reader that all subterranean fungi are not included in this order, inasmuch as some, of which the truffle is an example, are sporidiiferous, developing their sporidia in asci. - "Fungi: Their Nature and Uses", Mordecai Cubitt Cooke.
  2. The master- passion had given a stamp of originality to an ursine physiognomy; his nose had developed till it reached the proportions of a double great- canon A; his veined cheeks looked like vine- leaves, covered, as they were, with bloated patches of purple, madder red, and often mottled hues; till altogether, the countenance suggested a huge truffle clasped about by autumn vine tendrils. - "Two Poets Lost Illusions Part I", Honore de Balzac.
  3. They drank to the end of the bottle, and they ate to the last truffle in the dish. - "The New Magdalen", Wilkie Collins.