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gnocchi

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noun plural gnoc·chi \ˈnȯ-kē, ˈnyȯ-, ˈnä-\

Simple Definition of gnocchi

  • : small balls of dough made from potatoes or flour that are boiled in water and usually served with a sauce in Italian cooking

Full Definition of gnocchi

  1. :  dumplings usually made with potato or semolina and served with sauce

Origin of gnocchi

Italian, plural of gnocco, from Italian dialect (Veneto), probably of Germanic origin; akin to Middle High German knöchel knuckle, knoche bone — more at knuckle


First Known Use: 1891

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