from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Pasta in long, very thin strands.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun An Italian paste prepared of flour, cheese, yolks of eggs, sugar, and saffron, manufactured in the form of long slender threads, and so named on account of its wormlike appearance.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun The flour of a hard and small-grained wheat made into dough, and forced through small cylinders or pipes till it takes a slender, wormlike form, whence the Italian name. When the paste is made in larger tubes, it is called macaroni.

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  • noun long, slender pasta, similar to spaghetti, only thicker.

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  • noun pasta in strings thinner than spaghetti


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

[Italian, pl. of vermicello, diminutive of verme, worm, from Latin vermis; see wer- in Indo-European roots.]

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From Italian plural of Italian vermicello ("little worm"), from verme ("worm"), from Latin vermis + -cello ("diminutive suffix")


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