plural noun
gnoc·​chi | \ˈnȯ-kē, ˈnyȯ-, ˈnä- \

Definition of gnocchi 

: dumplings usually made with potato or semolina and served with sauce

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For your main, there’s a North Carolina roasted turkey with rosemary stuffing, sweet potato, and cranberry chutney, or a choice of lamb shank, John Dory, or housemade potato gnocchi. Marley Marius, Vogue, "Where to Dine Out for a Traditional-ish Thanksgiving Meal in New York City," 14 Nov. 2018 It's also filled with about seven different vegetables, including squash and kale, and lots of gnocchi. Audrey Bruno, SELF, "The 10 Most-Pinned Fall Recipes on Pinterest," 12 Sep. 2018 The Scituate lobster and gnocchi appetizer, a staple, is now selling for $37. Janelle Nanos,, "A $49 lobster roll? A recent shortage has lobster prices soaring.," 22 Apr. 2018 At the buffet table, his cultural delicacies are set out right alongside mine: the galbi next to the gnocchi, the kimchi beside the broccoli rabe. Diane Farr, Redbook, "Why Can't We Celebrate Everything?," 8 Dec. 2011 The homemade spinach gnocchi in Gorgonzola cream, a dish that elsewhere is often too heavy, were irresistible melt-aways of blue cheese indulgence. Craig Laban,, "Jersey Shore restaurants offer tasty food options from Cape May to LBI," 29 June 2018 All the pastas — including ravioli, penne, linguini, and a light gnocchi made with ricotta — are homemade., "Sam’s Kitchen is a hidden gem in Woburn," 19 May 2018 Allora restaurant’s polpo appetizer includes sous vide octopus with a faintly sweet glaze, a pool of ink and gnocchi. Kate Washington, sacbee, "If Allora can learn to relax a little, it will be one of the city's best restaurants," 11 May 2018 The menu will have dishes like mussels with herbs, seafood soup, ratatouille, and gnocchi. Grace Wong,, "El Santo Taqueria brings LA-style tacos and salads to Albany Park, plus other restaurant news," 23 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of gnocchi

1891, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for gnocchi

Italian, plural of gnocco, from Italian dialect (Veneto), probably of Germanic origin; akin to Middle High German knöchel knuckle, knoche bone — more at knuckle

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English Language Learners Definition of gnocchi

: small balls of dough made from potatoes or flour that are boiled in water and usually served with a sauce in Italian cooking

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