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from The American HeritageĀ® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Pasta in long, extremely thin strands.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A type of pasta, thinner than spaghetti or vermicelli; capellini.

Etymologies

A calque translation of Italian capelli d'angeloĀ ("angel's hair") (Wiktionary)

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  • Yeah, I've had that squeegy moment too, arby, looking in the pantry and thinking "how about some nice... hair?"

    October 17, 2007

  • I do too--it's tasty, and I think the name is neat.

    October 17, 2007

  • I suspect it was called angel hair because it's so fine and thin compared to most long pasta shapes. But still! Eating real hair = nasty. I don't care if it belongs to angels or not.

    October 17, 2007

  • Well, I like angel hair quite a bit because it cooks fast.

    October 17, 2007

  • But wasn't that because it was all sparkly? Angel hair pasta is rarely sparkly.

    October 17, 2007

  • It's all how you look at angel hair, I guess. I bought a product for a holiday gift for a kid I knew once. It was Angel Snot. And because it was angel snot and not just regular snot, it was nifty.

    October 17, 2007

  • I don't think it compares to strozzapreti ("choke a priest"), though. They do have rather colorful names for these pasta shapes. :-)

    October 17, 2007

  • If you think about it literally, "angel hair" is kind of gross.

    October 17, 2007

  • Mmmmm, angel hair. All this pasta-listing is making me hungry!

    October 17, 2007

  • See capelli d'angelo.

    October 17, 2007