al dente

al den·te

adjective \äl-ˈden-(ˌ)tā, al-\

: cooked but still firm

Full Definition of AL DENTE

:  cooked just enough to retain a somewhat firm texture
al dente adverb

Origin of AL DENTE

Italian; literally, to the tooth
First Known Use: 1920


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