Vermicelli is a noun and defined as a pasta made in long solid strings smaller in diameter than spaghetti. The word was first used in Campania, Italy in 1669 by Martino da Como, the word vermicelli derives from the Italian word verme, which means worm in English. The Italian word verme comes from the Latin word vermis.
In the US, the word vermicelli commonly refers to the various types of noodles in different Asian dishes such as the Vietnamese dish Char-Grilled Ground Shrimp with Vermicelli Noodles and Vegetables or Banh Hoi Chao Tom.
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