[ vur-mi-chel-ee, -sel-ee ]
/ ˌvɜr mɪˈtʃɛl i, -ˈsɛl i /


a kind of pasta in the form of long, slender, solid threads, resembling spaghetti but thinner.Compare macaroni(def 1).

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. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for vermicelli


/ (ˌvɜːmɪˈsɛlɪ, Italian vermiˈtʃɛlli) /


very fine strands of pasta, used in soups
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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