[nok-ee, noh-kee; Italian nyawk-kee]
noun (used with a singular or plural verb) Italian Cookery.
a dish of little dumplings made from potatoes, semolina, flour, or a combination of these ingredients.

1890–95; < Italian, plural of gnocco, orig. Upper Italian (Veneto), perhaps cognate with Tuscan nocca, nocco knuckle < Langobardic *knohha joint; see knuckle Unabridged
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gnocchi (ˈnɒkɪ, ɡəˈnɒkɪ, ˈɡnɒkɪ)
pl n
dumplings made of pieces of semolina pasta, or sometimes potato, used to garnish soup or served alone with sauce
[Italian, plural of gnocco lump, probably of Germanic origin; compare Middle High German knoche bone]

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Word Origin & History

1891, from It., pl. of gnocco, from nocchio "a knot in wood;" so called for their shape.
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Example sentences
The gnocchi were big and doughy, a texture only exacerbated by a cheesy center.
Dishes include ricotta gnocchi with sausage and fennel, spaghetti carbonara and
  fluke with spinach and shallots.
More than a dozen pastas are on offer, including lobster ravioli and homemade
It offers an extensive menu, from sandwiches and subs to gourmet pizza to
  fluffy gnocchi and pastas.
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