One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A variety of pasta in the shape of short, hollow tubes with diagonally cut ends; a dish consisting of this.
Early 20th century. Probably from Italian mostaccioli, plural of mostacciolo sweet spiced biscuit from classical Latin mustāceum sweet cake made of must (from mustum + -āceum, neuter of -āceus; compare Italian regional (Piedmont) mostaceu sweet biscuit) + Italian -olo, diminutive suffix; both the biscuits and the pasta tubes typically have a rhomboid shape.
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