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.
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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