[rav-ee-oh-lee, rah-vee-; Italian rah-vyaw-lee]
noun (used with a singular or plural verb)
small cases of pasta, often square, stuffed with a filling, usually of meat or cheese, and often served with a tomato sauce.

1835–45; < Italian, plural of dial. raviolo little turnip, diminutive of rava < Latin rāpa; see rape2

See zucchini.
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ravioli (ˌrævɪˈəʊlɪ)
small squares of pasta containing a savoury mixture of meat, cheese, etc
[C19: from Italian dialect, literally: little turnips, from Italian rava turnip, from Latin rāpa]

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Word Origin & History

M.E. raffyolys (c.1440), also rafyols. The word probably was re-borrowed several times, most recently in 1841, from It. ravioli, a dialectal plural of raviolo, a diminutive, perhaps of rava "turnip."
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Example sentences
Offerings change by the month, but if the duck confit ravioli are available,
  grab them.
Menu options include entrees such as ricotta ravioli and pan-seared scallops.
Tuna tartare, beef tongue confit and country-style ravioli are all on the menu
  at this fine-dining establishment.
Gourmet dishes at lunch range from hand-rolled gnocchi to short-rib ravioli
  with celery root purée.
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