1. Unleavened dough, made with wheat or other flour, water, and sometimes eggs, that is molded into any of a variety of shapes and boiled.
2. A prepared dish containing pasta as its main ingredient.
[Italian, from Late Latin, paste, pastry cake; see PASTE1.]
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