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spaghetti

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noun
  1. a white, starchy pasta of Italian origin that is made in the form of long strings, boiled, and served with any of a variety of meat, tomato, or other sauces.
  2. Electricity. an insulating tubing of small diameter into which bare wire can be slipped.
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Origin of spaghetti

1885–90; < Italian, plural of spaghetto, diminutive of spago thin rope < Late Latin spacus twine, probably < Greek sphákos long-threaded lichen

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British Dictionary definitions for spaghetti

spaghetti

noun
  1. pasta in the form of long strings
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Word Origin

C19: from Italian: little cords, from spago a cord
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Word Origin and History for spaghetti

n.

1849 (as sparghetti, in Eliza Acton's "Modern Cookery"), from Italian spaghetti, plural of spaghetto "string, twine," diminutive of spago "cord," of uncertain origin. Spaghetti Western (one filmed in Italy) first attested 1969. Spaghetti strap is from 1972.

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