rotini

noun
ro·​ti·​ni | \ rō-ˈtē-nē How to pronounce rotini (audio) \

Definition of rotini

: short, corkscrew-shaped pasta

First Known Use of rotini

1949, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for rotini

borrowed from Italian, plural of rotino "small wheel," from ruota "wheel" (going back to Latin rota) + -ino, diminutive suffix (going back to Latin -īnus, suffix of appurtenance) — more at roll entry 1, -ine entry 1

Note: Probably of dialectal Italian origin, as rotini does not refer to a pasta in Tuscan-based literary Italian.

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“Rotini.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rotini. Accessed 11 December 2019.

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