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Definition of vermicelli

: pasta made in long solid strings smaller in diameter than spaghetti

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Recent Examples on the Web At one point, a taste of slippery vermicelli noodles, accented by notes of pistachio and rose, echoes the scene, in which you are submerged in a sea. Emily Heil, Washington Post, "This virtual reality dining experience is trippy — and might be the future of restaurants," 11 Dec. 2019 Ingredients For noodle salad: 1 package of vermicelli noodles. Priscilla Totiyapungprasert, azcentral, "From thum kao poon to turkey: How past meets present at one family's Thanksgiving table," 27 Nov. 2019 There’s a giant hot pot made with local Pompano fish, elephant taro, tomato, and okra, and served with vermicelli noodles. Allie Wist, Bon Appétit, "Go to This Karaoke Bar for ABBA Hits and Stellar Vietnamese Food," 14 Nov. 2019 The last option is a surprisingly hearty combination of spinach, bok choy and vermicelli that will satisfy even loyal carnivores. The Know, The Denver Post, "Review: Fortune Wok to Table, a hidden gem in Cherry Creek, is best enjoyed at lunch," 18 Sep. 2019 But the word actually refers to a particular kind of noodle—short and golden, with vermicelli-like thinness—as well as to specific dishes. Jesse Sparks, Bon Appétit, "Long Noodles Are Great, But Have You Tried Fideos?," 18 Nov. 2019 In addition to pho, the spot near Hamline University also has rice platters, pho ga chicken soup, Vietnamese sandwiches, vermicelli salads and specialties such as spicy lemongrass noodle soup. Nancy Ngo, Twin Cities, "Say hello to University Avenue’s newest restaurants," 26 Sep. 2019 Three traditional halal dishes have been developed for the space journey: balaleet (a breakfast dish of egg and vermicelli), salona (a stew made up of spicy vegetables with meat or fish) and madrouba (a chicken and rice dish). Leroy Ah Ben, CNN, "The first Emirati in space: How Dubai is reaching for the stars," 24 Sep. 2019 Part of rice vermicelli’s charm is its bouncy, fluffy, ultra-thin texture, qualities that angel hair can never achieve. Carla Lalli Music, Bon Appétit, "You Couldn’t Pay Me to Eat Angel Hair," 25 July 2019

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First Known Use of vermicelli

1669, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for vermicelli

borrowed from Italian, plural of vermicello, diminutive of verme "worm," going back to Latin vermis — more at worm entry 1

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“Vermicelli.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Mar. 2020.

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: a type of pasta that is like spaghetti but thinner

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