al dente

al dente

[al den-tey, -tee; Italian ahl den-te]
adjective, adverb
(especially of pasta) cooked so as not to be too soft; firm to the bite: spaghetti al dente.

Origin:
1945–50; Italian: literally, to the tooth

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al dente (al ˈdɛnte)
 
adj
(of a pasta dish) cooked so as to be firm when eaten
 
[literally: to the tooth]

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al dente
1935, from It., lit. "to the tooth."
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