gnocchi

[nok-ee, noh-kee; Italian nyawk-kee]
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noun (used with a singular or plural verb) Italian Cookery.
  1. 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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gnocchi

pl n
  1. dumplings made of pieces of semolina pasta, or sometimes potato, used to garnish soup or served alone with sauce

Word Origin for gnocchi

Italian, plural of gnocco lump, probably of Germanic origin; compare Middle High German knoche bone
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Word Origin and History for gnocchi
n.

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.

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