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al dente (adv.)

1935, Italian, literally "to the tooth," from Latin dentem (nominative dens) "tooth" (from PIE root *dent- "tooth"). Italian al represents a contraction of words from Latin ad "to" (see ad-) + ille "that" (see le).

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Definitions of al dente from WordNet

al dente (adj.)
of pasta cooked so as to be firm when eaten;
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