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Irregularly shaped pasta or dumplings made usually by pressing dough through a colander or coarse sieve into boiling water.
[German dialectal (Swabia) Spätzle, little sparrows, spaetzle, diminutive plural of German Spatz, sparrow, from Middle High German spaz : spare, spar, sparrow (from Old High German sparo) + -z, hypocoristic suffix (from Old High German -izo).]
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(Cookery) a German noodle dish
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spaetz•le(ˈʃpɛt slə, -səl, -sli)
a dish consisting of noodles made from a batter poured through a coarse colander into boiling water, served with a sauce or as an element of other dishes.
[< German Spätzle, diminutive of Spatz dumpling]
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