Definition of vongole in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈväNG(ɡ)əˌlā/


[usually postpositive]
Denoting pasta served with clams and a light sauce of olive oil, garlic, and sometimes tomatoes: I ordered spaghetti vongole and a glass of wine
More example sentences
  • Linguine vongole lacked the advertised cockles, but here, the large, plump clams were clean and perfectly cooked.
  • Our pasta festival continued with a mound of linguine vongole, a mild tomato sauce simmered with garlic and shallots and peppered with pieces of clam.
  • The clam vongole was full of clams and the spaghetti was cooked just right.


Italian, plural of vongola 'clam'.

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Syllabification: von·go·le

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