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semolina

[sem-uh-lee-nuh]
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noun
  1. a granular, milled product of durum wheat, consisting almost entirely of endosperm particles, used chiefly in the making of pasta.
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Origin of semolina

1790–1800; alteration of Italian semolino, equivalent to semol(a) bran (≪ Latin simila flour) + -ino diminutive suffix
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Examples from the Web for semolina

Historical Examples

  • This is a broad description of semolina, middlings and dunst.

    Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 10, Slice 5

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  • It is all served together like bouillabaisse, the semolina answering to the bread, and extract of pomidoro is added.

    Castellinaria

    Henry Festing Jones

  • The fish are put into the water at the right moment and are boiled while the semolina is being steamed.

    Castellinaria

    Henry Festing Jones

  • It is made with fish, semolina, and onions in a double saucepan which in England is called a steamer.

    Castellinaria

    Henry Festing Jones

  • It was a standard loaf, containing eighty per cent of semolina, and it practically wiped the Infant Samuel out of existence.

    The Man Upstairs

    P. G. Wodehouse


British Dictionary definitions for semolina

semolina

noun
  1. the large hard grains of wheat left after flour has been bolted, used for puddings, soups, etc
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Word Origin

C18: from Italian semolino, diminutive of semola bran, from Latin simila very fine wheat flour
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Word Origin and History for semolina

n.

meal from hard kernels of wheat, 1797, alteration of Italian semolino "grits; paste for soups," diminutive of semola "bran," from Latin simila "the finest flour," probably from the same Semitic source as Greek semidalis "the finest flour" (cf. Assyrian samidu, Syrian semida "fine meal").

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