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[ling-gwee-nee] /lɪŋˈgwi ni/
noun, Italian Cookery.
a type of pasta in long, slender, flat strips.
Origin of linguine
1945-50; < Italian, plural of linguina, diminutive of lingua tongue; see -ine1 Unabridged
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  • We boiled fresh linguine, nutty with spelt and oat flour, saving a bit of the cooking water.
  • Cook a pot of linguine, drain it, and turn it out onto a plate.
  • Maybe the birds preferred the smell of linguine and clam sauce to that of cheese fries.
  • Cook your mussels in one pot with garlic, fennel seeds, and white wine while your linguine cooks in another pot.
  • Add linguine to the pan, toss and coat in melted butter.
  • Cherrystone and chowder clams are served as baked clams and used in dishes such as clam chowder and linguine with clam sauce.
  • Select linguine with a light olive oil and garlic sauce or pesto instead.
  • House specials include shrimp scampi and linguine with white clam sauce.
  • Among the pasta dishes are baked manicotti, penne in vodka sauce and linguine in clam sauce.
  • For dinner, enjoy sauteed squid in lemon and paprika or whole wheat linguine with fresh vegetables.
British Dictionary definitions for linguine


a kind of pasta in the shape of thin flat strands
Word Origin
from Italian: small tongues
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Word Origin and History for linguine

1948, from Italian linguine, plural of linguina "little tongue," diminutive of lingua "tongue," from Latin lingua "tongue" (see lingual).

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