a tubular pasta in short, ribbed pieces.

1925–30; < Italian (noun plural), equivalent to rigat(o) furrowed, lined, striped (past participle of rigare, derivative of riga a line < Langobardic *rīga) + -oni plural augmentative suffix

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rigatoni (ˌrɪɡəˈtəʊnɪ)
macaroni in the form of short ridged often slightly curved pieces
[C20: Italian, plural of rigato, from rigare to draw lines, make stripes, from riga a line, of Germanic origin]

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"short, hollow, fluted tubes of pasta," 1930, from It., pl. of rigato, pp. of rigare "to draw a line, to make fluting."
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