from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n.pl. Dumplings made of flour, semolina, or potatoes, boiled or baked and served with grated cheese or a sauce.
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- n. Italian pasta-like dumplings made of potato or semolina.
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- n. (Italian) a small dumpling made of potato or flour or semolina that is boiled or baked and is usually served with a sauce or with grated cheese
Italian, pl. of gnocco, probably alteration of nocchio, knot in wood.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Italian gnocchi, plural of gnocco ("dumpling", literally "lump"), from nocchio ("knot (in wood)"), from Lombardic *knohha (“knuckle, bone, knot”), from Proto-Germanic *knukōn (“bone”), *kneukaz (“tuber, knuckle”), from Proto-Indo-European *gneu- (“knot, bundle”). Cognate with Middle High German knoche ("bone, knot"), Middle Dutch knoke ("knuckle, knob, knot"), Swedish knoge ("knuckle"). More at knuckle. (Wiktionary)