from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Pasta in long, very thin strands.
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- n. long, slender pasta, similar to spaghetti, only thicker.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The flour of a hard and small-grained wheat made into dough, and forced through small cylinders or pipes till it takes a slender, wormlike form, whence the Italian name. When the paste is made in larger tubes, it is called macaroni.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An Italian paste prepared of flour, cheese, yolks of eggs, sugar, and saffron, manufactured in the form of long slender threads, and so named on account of its wormlike appearance.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. pasta in strings thinner than spaghetti
The vermicelli is an inspired contribution to the meal!
Rice vermicelli is made from rice, and bean thread noodles are made from mung beans.
According to Andrea Nguyen (in Into the Vietnamese Kitchen), rice vermicelli is much like Western pasta in that everyone will have their own preference as to how cooked they want it.
Your addition of vermicelli is very interesting so I will try that next time I make torta di ricotta.
Alternatively, itriyya might be referred to with the more down-to-earth Italian word vermicelli, meaning “little worms.”
The only noodles commonly used are super-thin vermicelli ( "seviyan") used to make a dessert or sometimes cooked into a savory dish ( "upma").
DRYING NOODLES: In Hyderabad, India, on Monday, a young boy dried seviyan, thin vermicelli, which is used to make sheer korma, a traditional sweet dish prepared by the Muslim community during the holy month of Ramadan.
It is like fine vermicelli, which is sometimes accompanied with drops of blood.
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That of smaller diameter than macaroni (which is about the thickness of a goose-quill) is called vermicelli; and when smaller still, fidelini.
The dish calls for thin spaghetti, such as angel hair or vermicelli, which is broken into short pieces, then toasted in butter.