[vur-mi-chel-ee, -sel-ee]
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Origin of vermicelli

1660–70; < Italian, plural of vermicello, diminutive of verme worm < Latin vermis Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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British Dictionary definitions for vermicelli


  1. very fine strands of pasta, used in soups
  2. tiny chocolate strands used to coat cakes, etc

Word Origin for vermicelli

C17: from Italian: little worms, from verme a worm, from Latin vermis
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Word Origin and History for vermicelli

kind of pasta, 1660s, literally "little worms," from Italian vermicelli, plural of vermicello, diminutive of verme, accusative singular of Latin vermis "worm" (see worm). So called for resemblance.

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