noun bu·ca·ti·ni \ˌbü-kə-ˈtē-nē\

Definition of bucatini

  1. :  pasta in the form of long, thin tubes Bucatini, a thick spaghetti that's hollow like a straw, is traditionally served with a chunky tomato sauce with a lot of onion, bacon or prosciutto and basil. — Carolyn Flynn, Albuquerque Journal (New Mexico), 10 Nov. 2010

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Origin and Etymology of bucatini

borrowed from Italian, plural of bucatino, from bucato (past participle of bucare “to make a hole in, perforate,” verbal derivative of buca “opening, hole,” going back to Vulgar Latin *būca, variant of Latin bucca “lower part of the cheek, mouth”) + -ino, noun and adjective suffix, going back to Latin -īnus 1-ine — more at 1pock

First Known Use: 1932

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