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al dente

[ al -den-tey, -tee; Italian ahl -den-te ]
/ æl ˈdɛn teɪ, -ti; Italian ɑl ˈdɛn tɛ /
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adjective, adverb

(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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British Dictionary definitions for al dente

al dente
/ Italian (al ˈdɛnte) /

adjective

(of a pasta dish) cooked so as to be firm when eaten
literally: to the tooth
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