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Parmesan

[pahr-muh-zahn, -zan, -zuh n; pahr-muh-zahn, -zan] /ˈpɑr məˌzɑn, -ˌzæn, -zən; ˌpɑr məˈzɑn, -ˈzæn/
adjective
1.
of or from Parma, in northern Italy.
noun
2.
(sometimes lowercase). Also called Parmesan cheese. a hard, dry variety of Italian cheese made from skim milk, usually grated and sprinkled over pasta dishes and soups.
Origin of Parmesan
1510-1520
1510-20; < Middle French < Italian parmigiano pertaining to Parma
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  • Amidst the heavy exhalations of these, a Parmesan set a spicy aroma.

  • Dish them in a circle with spaghetti dressed with Parmesan in the centre.

    Choice Cookery Catherine Owen
  • It is also served as an entrée raw, the stalks stuffed with Parmesan cheese.

    The Complete Bachelor Walter Germain
  • Parmesan is an Italian cheese, excellent with macaroni and spaghetti.

  • The episodes of Parmesan court intrigue are models of observation and irony.

    Egoists James Huneker
British Dictionary definitions for Parmesan

Parmesan

/ˌpɑːmɪˈzæn; ˈpɑːmɪˌzæn/
adjective
1.
of or relating to Parma or its inhabitants
noun
2.
a native or inhabitant of Parma
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Word Origin and History for Parmesan
n.

type of dry, hard cheese, 1550s, from Italian Parmegiano "of Parma," from Parma, city in northern Italy, one of the places where the cheese is made. Full form parmeson chese is recorded from 1510s. The place name ultimately is Etruscan.

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