Definitions

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

  • n. Pasta in long, very thin strands.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. 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.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. 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 WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. pasta in strings thinner than spaghetti

Etymologies

Italian, pl. of vermicello, diminutive of verme, worm, from Latin vermis; see wer-2 in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Italian plural of Italian vermicello ("little worm"), from verme ("worm"), from Latin vermis + -cello ("diminutive suffix") (Wiktionary)

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  • little worms....that's nice

    August 23, 2012

  • What hump?

    October 16, 2007

  • Wasn't your hump on the other side?

    October 16, 2007

  • My hump. My hump. My hump, my hump, my hump.

    October 16, 2007

  • What hump?

    October 16, 2007

  • Incidentally... I don't mean to embarrass you in any way, but I'm a rather brilliant surgeon. Perhaps I can help you with that hump?

    October 15, 2007

  • That's "Eyegor."

    October 15, 2007

  • Oh, you must be Igor.

    October 15, 2007

  • Haha! Good one, sionnach.

    October 15, 2007

  • "Are you speaking of the worm, or the spaghetti?" Frederick Frankenstein (that's "Fronkensteen"...)

    October 15, 2007

  • I understand Italian orchestras are particularly susceptible to this infestation.

    October 15, 2007

  • woodworm damage in the string section

    October 15, 2007