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[hed-cheez] /ˈhɛdˌtʃiz/
a seasoned loaf made of the head meat, sometimes including the tongue or brains, of a calf or pig and molded in the natural aspic of the head.
Origin of headcheese
An Americanism dating back to 1835-45; head + cheese1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • headcheese is usually made from the hog's head but odds and ends also can be used not only from pork but from beef and veal.

    Every Step in Canning Grace Viall Gray
  • There's headcheese besides but that's made of a pig's head and is only a cheese by discourtesy.

    The Complete Book of Cheese Robert Carlton Brown
  • Take back that sack or we will sell you for headcheese before night!'

    The Comstock Club Charles Carroll Goodwin
British Dictionary definitions for headcheese


(US & Canadian) a seasoned jellied loaf made from the head and sometimes the feet of a pig or calf Also called (in Britain and certain other countries) brawn
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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