bu·​ca·​ti·​ni ˌbü-kə-ˈtē-nē How to pronounce bucatini (audio)
: 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

Word History


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 -ine entry 1

First Known Use

1932, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of bucatini was in 1932

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“Bucatini.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bucatini. Accessed 15 Jun. 2024.

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