A light, fluffy baked dish made with egg yolks and beaten egg whites combined with various other ingredients and served as a main dish or sweetened as a dessert.
[French, from past participle of souffler, to puff up, from Old French soffler, from Latin sufflāre : sub-, sub- + flāre, to blow; see bhlē- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
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