ver·​mi·​cel·​li | \ ˌvər-mə-ˈche-lē How to pronounce vermicelli (audio) , -ˈse- How to pronounce vermicelli (audio) \

Definition of vermicelli

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

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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 Bowls include tofu and rice vermicelli, sugarcane shrimp, goat curry flavored with coconut and lemongrass, and five-spice beef short ribs. Greg Morago, Houston Chronicle, "Ambitious Bravery Chef Hall now open downtown," 24 July 2019 Rice vermicelli is topped with perfect spring rolls; shrimp paste wrapped in lacy crisp tofu skin and sweet, smoky slivers of pork. Dominic Armato, azcentral, "The best restaurants in Mesa," 15 July 2019 One dish that encompasses all of these elements is kaeng pu, a yellow crab curry served with a side of rice vermicelli that packs some serious heat in each bite despite the generous amount of creamy coconut milk in it. Christina Liao, Vogue, "Skip Phuket and Koh Samui—Go to This Island in Thailand Instead," 23 May 2019 Presented at room temperature, vermicelli noodles serve as a bed for an array of herbs and veggies, the use of fresh mint a favorite element of mine. Lindsey Mcclave, The Courier-Journal, "This Vietnamese restaurant in Louisville is about to be your new favorite," 5 June 2019 Pho Huy opened along East Madison Street, doing all the Vietnamese staples: banh mis, spring rolls, vermicelli noodles and its namesake beef soup. Tan Vinh, The Seattle Times, "Bellevue lands a famous, big-name hot-pot spot and 42 other new openings around the Seattle area," 13 Feb. 2019 Acú melded State Fair showmanship with genteel herbs and a roasted glaze over lamb with dark-meat luster on a bed of rice pilaf with pine nuts and crispy vermicelli. Mike Sutter, San Antonio Express-News, "Review: New Dominion restaurant Acú Bistro Bar aims high but misses a few," 7 June 2018 Each lunch entree comes with a side; try the fragrant vermicelli or the fried plantains, both of which are simply incredible. Chicago Tribune,, "Sandwiches, soups, salads and more: 20 ideas for what to eat for lunch," 17 May 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of vermicelli

: a type of pasta that is like spaghetti but thinner

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