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fusilli

[ fyoo-see-lee, -sil-ee ]
/ fyuˈsi li, -ˈsɪl i /
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noun (used with a singular or plural verb)

a type of pasta twisted into corkscrew or spiral shapes.

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Origin of fusilli

First recorded in 1925–30; from southern Italian dialect, plural of fusillo “little spindle,” diminutive of fuso, from Latin fūsus “spindle”; cf. fuse1
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British Dictionary definitions for fusilli

fusilli
/ (fʊˈziːlɪ, fjʊˈziːlɪ) /

noun

pasta in the form of short spirals

Word Origin for fusilli

C20: Italian, literally: little spindles, from fuso a spindle
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