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al dente

[al den-tey, -tee; Italian ahl den-te] /æl ˈdɛn teɪ, -ti; Italian ɑl ˈdɛn tɛ/
adjective, adverb
1.
(especially of pasta) cooked so as not to be too soft; firm to the bite:
spaghetti al dente.
Origin of al dente
1945-1950
1945-50; Italian: literally, to the tooth
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Examples from the web for al dente
  • The rich, tangy sauce is a perfect foil for the tender green stalks, which should be cooked until just al dente.

  • Add the spaghetti and cook for eight  minutes, testing it regularly toward the end to ensure it remains al dente.

British Dictionary definitions for al dente

al dente

/al ˈdɛnte/
adjective
1.
(of a pasta dish) cooked so as to be firm when eaten
Word Origin
literally: to the tooth
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Word Origin and History for al dente

1935, Italian, literally "to the tooth," from Latin dent (see tooth).

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