Pasta in medium-sized, often ridged tubes.
[Italian, alteration of zite, pl. of zita, maiden, fiancée, young bride (in reference to maccheroni della zita, ziti (literally, "macaroni of the bride"), traditionally served at southern Italian wedding banquets), perhaps of baby-talk origin or akin to Old Italian zizza, woman's breast.]
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