A kind of pasta made from small, straight tubes. Similar to macaroni but smaller and always straight. Ditalini literally means "small thimbles" in Italian.

Of course in Italian slang, "ditalini" is the plural of "ditalino", meaning "female masturbatory act".

I would safely bet this second usage vastly outnumbers the pasta one.

The reason for these seemingly wildly different meanings is to be found in the stem word "dito" == finger. Hence "ditale" == thimble and "ditalino"=small thimble. I don't think I have to explain further on the second meaning...

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