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vermicelli

[vur-mi-chel-ee, -sel-ee] /ˌvɜr mɪˈtʃɛl i, -ˈsɛl i/
noun
1.
a kind of pasta in the form of long, slender, solid threads, resembling spaghetti but thinner.
Compare macaroni (def 1).
Origin
1660-1670
1660-70; < Italian, plural of vermicello, diminutive of verme worm < Latin vermis
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Examples from the web for vermicelli
  • 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.
British Dictionary definitions for vermicelli

vermicelli

/ˌvɜːmɪˈsɛlɪ; Italian vermiˈtʃɛlli/
noun
1.
very fine strands of pasta, used in soups
2.
tiny chocolate strands used to coat cakes, etc
Word Origin
C17: from Italian: little worms, from verme a worm, from Latin vermis
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Word Origin and History for vermicelli
n.

kind of pasta, 1660s, literally "little worms," from Italian vermicelli, plural of vermicello, diminutive of verme, accusative singular of Latin vermis "worm" (see worm). So called for resemblance.

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