from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A thick soup of Italian origin containing assorted vegetables, beans, pasta such as vermicelli or macaroni, and herbs in a meat or vegetable broth.
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- n. Any of many thick Italian vegetable soups.
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- n. soup made with a variety of vegetables
Italian, augmentative of minestra, dish consisting of pasta, rice, vegetables or beans cooked in water, from Old Italian, from minestrare, to dish up, serve this dish, from Latin ministrāre, to serve food, from minister, servant.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Directly from Italian (Wiktionary)