[ sem-uh-lee-nuh ]
/ ˌsɛm əˈli nə /


a granular, milled product of durum wheat, consisting almost entirely of endosperm particles, used chiefly in the making of pasta.


Origin of semolina

1790–1800; alteration of Italian semolino, equivalent to semol(a) bran (≪ Latin simila flour) + -ino diminutive suffix Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for semolina


/ (ˌsɛməˈliːnə) /


the large hard grains of wheat left after flour has been bolted, used for puddings, soups, etc

Word Origin for semolina

C18: from Italian semolino, diminutive of semola bran, from Latin simila very fine wheat flour
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Word Origin and History for semolina



meal from hard kernels of wheat, 1797, alteration of Italian semolino "grits; paste for soups," diminutive of semola "bran," from Latin simila "the finest flour," probably from the same Semitic source as Greek semidalis "the finest flour" (cf. Assyrian samidu, Syrian semida "fine meal").

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