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

Examples of rapini in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web To further muddy the waters, there’s also broccoli rabe (or raab), otherwise known as rapini. Becky Krystal, Washington Post, 18 Mar. 2024 An oval platter of slices of breast, ermine-white and gently savory, are dressed in a rainbow mess of sweet peppers, with spiky leaves of rapini. Helen Rosner, The New Yorker, 17 Mar. 2024 Tackle game days and date nights with their Signature burger and fries, rapini and ricotta flatbread or wagyu croquettes. Louisa Kung Liu Chu, Chicago Tribune, 29 Jan. 2024 Get one with merguez sausage and bitter rapini; pepperoni, olives, and vodka sauce; or a combination of your choosing. Globe Staff, BostonGlobe.com, 17 Aug. 2023 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

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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 17 Jun. 2024.

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