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noun Italian Cookery.
  1. a rich ice cream, made with eggs and usually containing a relatively low percentage of butterfat.
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Also ge·la·to [juh-lah-toh] /dʒəˈlɑ toʊ/.

Origin of gelati

< Italian, plural of gelato, noun use of past participle of gelare to freeze; see gelatin
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  1. Italian ice-cream
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Word Origin

C20: Italian, literally, frozen
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Word Origin and History for gelato


by 1970, from Italian gelato, literally "frozen," past participle of gelare "to freeze" (see cold (adj.)).

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