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al dente

[al den-tey, -tee; Italian ahl den-te]
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adjective, adverb
  1. (especially of pasta) cooked so as not to be too soft; firm to the bite: spaghetti al dente.
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Origin of al dente

1945–50; Italian: literally, to the tooth
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al dente

  1. (of a pasta dish) cooked so as to be firm when eaten
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Word Origin

literally: to the tooth
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Word Origin and History for al dente

1935, Italian, literally "to the tooth," from Latin dent (see tooth).

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