[tawr-tl-ee-nee; Italian tawr-tel-lee-nee]
plural noun Italian Cookery.
small rounds of pasta, filled, as with a meat or cheese stuffing, and then shaped into rings and boiled: often served in broth or with a sauce.

1905–10; < Italian, plural of tortellino, diminutive of tortello stuffed pastry, diminutive (with gender change) of torta cake; see torte

See zucchini. Unabridged
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tortellini (ˌtɔːtəˈliːnɪ)
pasta cut into small rounds, folded about a filling, and boiled
[from Italian, diminutive of tortelli a type of pie, ultimately from Late Latin tōrta a round loaf or cake; see torte]

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Word Origin & History

1937, from It., pl. of tortellino, dim. of tortello "cake, fritter," itself a dim. of torta (see torte).
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Example sentences
His favorite color is red, and his favorite foods are blueberries and
Menu items include spaghetti and meatballs, tortellini primavera and
  make-your-own pizzas or calzones.
Lunch and dinner menus have items such as tortellini with asparagus, linguini
  with red or white clam sauce and filet mignon.
Fresh tortellini comes with dozens of fillings that go well beyond the ordinary
  meat and cheese.
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