from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The typical and only genus of the family Laganidæ. Also Laganium.
Sorry, no etymologies found.
The word is thought to have its origins in the ancient Latin term laganum, a sheet of dough that was fried to make a pastry.
In one way or another, lasagne seems to derive from the classical Latin laganum.
Wright, you will be ready to believe that in Sicily, an Arab noodle cuisine collided with the Italian kitchen vocabulary and co-opted laganum and its variant lasanon to describe the new "cakes" coming in from North Africa.
And eventually, by a process no one knows with any certainly, laganum emerged as a word for a flat noodle in very early modern, southern Italy.