al dente[äl den′tā, al-]
cooked until firm to the bite; chewy: said esp. of pasta
Origin of al denteItalian literally , to the tooth
Cooked enough to be firm but not soft: pasta al dente.
Origin of al denteItalian : al, to the + dente, tooth.
- al den′te
(comparative more al dente, superlative most al dente)