from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Cooked enough to be firm but not soft: pasta al dente.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. firm (used of pasta which is cooked just right)
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- adj. of pasta cooked so as to be firm when eaten
Italian : al, to the + dente, tooth.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Italian al (“to the”) + dente (“tooth”). (Wiktionary)