[pah-stuh; especially British pas-tuh]
any of various flour-and-egg food preparations of Italian origin, made of thin, unleavened dough and produced in a variety of forms, usually served with a sauce and sometimes stuffed.

1870–75; < Italian < Late Latin. See paste Unabridged
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pasta (ˈpæstə)
any of several variously shaped edible preparations made from a flour and water dough, such as spaghetti
[Italian, from Late Latin: paste1]

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Word Origin & History

1874, from It. pasta, from L.L. pasta "dough, pastry cake, paste," from Gk. pasta "barley porridge," probably originally "a salted mess of food," from neut. pl. of pastos (adj.) "sprinkled, salted," from passein "to sprinkle."
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Example sentences
The pasta sauce and noodles will get one too, as will the dish soap.
The government has also taken over two other factories, one making pasta and
  the other a tuna-canner.
In the lull before the after-opera bar rush, the staff eats pasta concocted out
  of whatever didn't sell at dinner.
We may go on a high- carbohydrate diet, then get bored with pasta and switch to
  a high-meat diet.
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