plural noun boc·con·ci·ni \ˌbä-kən-ˈchē-nē, ˌbō-\

Definition of bocconcini

  1. :  small balls of fresh mozzarella … an olive oil vinaigrette-dressed bocconcini and Roma tomato salad. — Jennifer Olvera, Chicago Daily Herald, 23 Sept. 2011

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Origin and Etymology of bocconcini

borrowed from Italian, plural of bocconcino, from boccone “mouthful” (from bocca “mouth” + -one, noun suffix, usually augmentative, going back to Latin -ō, -ōn-, suffix of nouns denoting persons with a prominent feature) + -cino, variant, with nouns ending in -one, of -ino, diminutive suffix, going back to Latin -īnus, suffix of appurtenance — more at bocca, 1-ine

First Known Use: 1985

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