cipollini

noun cip·ol·li·ni \ ˌchi-pə-ˈlē-nē \
variants: or less commonly cipolline

Definition of cipollini

plural cipollini or cipolline also cipollinis
:a type of small, somewhat flattened onion that has a thin skin and a sweet taste
  • cipollini onions
  • Add the cipollini to the pan, season with salt and pepper, and allow to caramelize evenly.
  • Wine Spectator30 June 2010
  • Cipolline—which are showing up more and more in specialty produce markets—have a full, slightly sweet taste, and a firm-tender texture that's particularly good for pickling.
  • GourmetMarch 2004
  • … roasted … monkfish with caramelized cipollinis and blood oranges.
  • Wine Spectator31 May 2006

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Origin and Etymology of cipollini

cipolline borrowed from Italian cipolline, plural of cipollina, diminutive of cipolla “onion,” going back to Late Latin cēpulla, diminutive of cēpa, caepa “onion”; cipollini, altered from cipolline, or borrowed from Italian, plural of cipollino, masculine variant of cipollina


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