Gnocchi Definition

nyōkē, nyŏkē
Dumplings made of flour, semolina, or potatoes, boiled or baked and served with grated cheese or a sauce.
American Heritage
Pasta in the form of small, variously shaped dumplings of flour, and often potato, served with a sauce.
Webster's New World
One of these dumplings.
Webster's New World

Origin of Gnocchi

  • From Italian gnocchi, plural of gnocco (“dumpling”, literally “lump”), from nocchio (“knot (in wood)”), from Lombardic *knohha (“knuckle, bone, knot”), from Proto-Germanic *knukōn (“bone”), *kneukaz (“tuber, knuckle”), from Proto-Indo-European *gneu- (“knot, bundle”). Cognate with Middle High German knoche (“bone, knot”), Middle Dutch knoke (“knuckle, knob, knot”), Swedish knoge (“knuckle”). More at knuckle.

    From Wiktionary

  • Italian pl. of gnocco from dialectal Italian (Venetian) Italian nocca knuckle of Germanic origin Middle High German knoche bone Middle English knokel knuckle

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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