[ kav-uh-tel-ee ]

noun(used with a singular or plural verb)
  1. a shell-like pasta with ridged surfaces.

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

Words Nearby cavatelli Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

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