[nok-ee, noh-kee; Italian nyawk-kee]
- a dish of little dumplings made from potatoes, semolina, flour, or a combination of these ingredients.
Origin of gnocchi
1890–95; < Italian, plural of gnocco, orig. Upper Italian (Veneto), perhaps cognate with Tuscan nocca, nocco knuckle < Langobardic *knohha joint; see knuckle
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Examples from the Web for gnocchi
And we are going to have gnocchi done in a special way with cheese.December Love
The gnocchi and the olives must certainly have disagreed with me.Post-Prandial Philosophy
Pasticcio di Maccheroni is an excellent macaroni pie, and Gnocchi di Patele are little knobs of paste boiled like macaroni.The Gourmet's Guide to Europe
Then drop the gnocchi one by one into boiling salted water and boil for ten minutes.The Cook's Decameron: A Study in Taste:
Mrs. W. G. Waters
- dumplings made of pieces of semolina pasta, or sometimes potato, used to garnish soup or served alone with sauce
Italian, plural of gnocco lump, probably of Germanic origin; compare Middle High German knoche bone
Word Origin and History for gnocchi
1891, from Italian gnocchi, plural of gnocco, from nocchio "a knot in wood," perhaps from a Germanic source akin to knuckle. So called for their shape.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper