1. Pasta in large-sized tubes.
2. A dish consisting of such tubes stuffed with meat or cheese, usually served hot with a tomato sauce.
[Italian, pl. of manicotto, muff, from manica, sleeve, from Latin manicae, sleeves, from manus, hand; see man-2 in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
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