Etymology
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gnocchi (n.)

type of small potato dumplings, 1891, from Italian gnocchi, plural of gnocco, from nocchio "a knot in wood," perhaps from a Germanic source akin to knuckle (n.), gnarled, etc. So called for their shape.

updated on March 25, 2015

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Definitions of gnocchi from WordNet

gnocchi (n.)
(Italian) a small dumpling made of potato or flour or semolina that is boiled or baked and is usually served with a sauce or with grated cheese;
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