E. Cobham Brewer 18101897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
Tartuffe (2 syl.).
The principal character of Molières comedy so called. The original was the Abbé de Roquette, a parasite of the Prince de Condé. It is said that the name is from the Italian tartuffoli (truffles), and was suggested to Molière on seeing the sudden animation which lighted up the faces of certain, monks when they heard that a seller of truffles awaited their orders. Bicker-staffs play, The Hypocrite, is an English version of Tartuffe.