Definitions

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

  • n. Pasta in short spirals or corkscrews.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Pasta in the shape of short spirals.

Etymologies

Italian, from pl. diminutive of fuso, spindle, from Latin fūsus.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Italian diminutive plural of fuso, spindle (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • I had fusilli which was an appetizer served with EVOO, garlic, small very tender sea scallops and a light sprinkling of cheese.

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  • I think a nice chilled fusilli pesto salad would fill the bill.

    Fatal Error

  • Thames & Hudson Fusilli Lunghi Bucati Fusilli Lunghi Bucati Part of the extended fusilli clan, this shape has a hollow interior and a long twisted profile.

    The Mathematics of Macaroni

  • Like all fusilli, it is traditionally eaten with a meat-based ragu but can also be combined with thick vegetable sauces and baked in the oven.

    The Mathematics of Macaroni

  • We live in a small house, but it seems so empty now, and when I'm out at the supermarket I find myself going down the pasta aisle and reaching for the fusilli, which was always his favourite, before thinking: I don't need that any more.

    Parents home alone again

  • A fellow named Fabio Conti served me a generous plate of two different fusilli pastas, and after I tasted them I asked for a card... his The Fabiolus Café (6270 Sunset Blvd, Hollywood (323) 467-2882) offers authentic homemade Italian cuisine and, yes, I will also dine there.

    Jay Weston: The Saban Free Clinic Benefit a Huge Success

  • Choose something like fusilli; its corkscrew twists capture flavours beautifully.

    Gino D'Acampo: School's Out For Summer: Kids in the Italian Kitchen

  • I get down with fusilli with the zest of lemon peel!

    The Goofiest of Garage Bands

  • The fusilli with braised octopus and bone marrow is a tightrope balancing of flavors while the spaghetti with crab and sea urchin delivers instant comfort.

    Chris Kompanek: Marea and New York Craft Beer Week Preview

  • (Soundbite of laughter) BLOCK: There are a whole bunch of pastas in the book whose names come from industrial words, industrial shapes - screws, eliche; spindles, fusilli; crank shaft - I didn't know that one - gumiti (ph).

    'Geometry Of Pasta': Full Of All Shapes And Sauces

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  • "Fusilli, you crazy bastard, how the hell are ya?!"
    New Yorker cartoon, seen here

    April 18, 2009