vermicelli

[vur-mi-chel-ee, -sel-ee]
noun
a kind of pasta in the form of long, slender, solid threads, resembling spaghetti but thinner. Compare macaroni ( def 1 ).

Origin:
1660–70; < Italian, plural of vermicello, diminutive of verme worm < Latin vermis

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vermicelli (ˌvɜːmɪˈsɛlɪ, Italian vermiˈtʃɛlli)
 
n
1.  very fine strands of pasta, used in soups
2.  tiny chocolate strands used to coat cakes, etc
 
[C17: from Italian: little worms, from verme a worm, from Latin vermis]

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vermicelli
kind of pasta, 1669, lit. "little worms," from It., pl. of vermicello, dim. of verme, acc. sing. of L. vermis "worm" (see worm). So called for resemblance.
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House specialties include chicken or shrimp crepes, vermicelli noodles with toppings and vegetarian plates.
They produce white-colored or translucent vermicelli from the starch of yellow or non-green dry pea varieties.
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