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cavatelli

[ kav-uh-tel-ee ]
/ ˌkæv əˈtɛl i /
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noun (used with a singular or plural verb)

a shell-like pasta with ridged surfaces.

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Origin of cavatelli

First recorded in 1940–45; from Italian: literally, “little hollows,” diminutive of cavato, past participle of cavare “to hollow out,” from Latin cavāre, derivative of cavus “hollow, hollowed” + -elli plural suffix; see origin at cave
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