ra·​pi·​ni ra-ˈpē-nē How to pronounce rapini (audio)
variants or less commonly rappini

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Add the rapini and a little salt, to taste. Dallas News, 21 Mar. 2022 But many rapini fans skip the blanching and prefer the bolder, bitter flavor. Dallas News, 21 Mar. 2022 More than a dozen offerings from puttanesca to rapini are available. Marc Bona, cleveland, 11 Mar. 2022 The prettiest pasta is beef-stuffed tortelli, dappled with an emulsion of smoked mozzarella and set on a grass-green puree of rapini. Washington Post, 1 Oct. 2021 Paired with nicely bitter rapini, the spreadable cured salami lends a delightful air of feisty unpredictability to quiche. Sharyn Jackson, Star Tribune, 9 July 2021

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Word History


Italian rapini, plural of rapino, diminutive of rapo turnip, from Latin rapum — more at rape entry 3

First Known Use

1934, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of rapini was in 1934

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Cite this Entry

“Rapini.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rapini. Accessed 2 Jun. 2023.

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