ca·​va·​tap·​pi | \ ˌkä-və-ˈtä-pē How to pronounce cavatappi (audio) \

Definition of cavatappi

: pasta in the form of a spiral tube

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First Known Use of cavatappi

1984, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for cavatappi

borrowed from Italian, literally, “corkscrew,” from cava “(it) draws out, extracts” (3rd person singular of cavare “to extract”) + tappi, plural of tappo “cork, stopper,” borrowed from Germanic *tapp-

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“Cavatappi.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Jan. 2021.

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