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[proh-vuh-loh-nee] /ˌproʊ vəˈloʊ ni/
a mellow light-colored, Italian cheese, usually smoked after drying.
Also called provolone cheese.
Origin of provolone
1945-50; < Italian, equivalent to provol(a) kind of cheese (of debated origin) + -one augmentative suffix Unabridged
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  • As for the provolone, notable for the water-buffalo milk that makes it, there's an example of really grown-up milk.

    The Complete Book of Cheese Robert Carlton Brown
British Dictionary definitions for provolone


a mellow, pale yellow, soft, and sometimes smoked cheese, made of cows' milk: usually moulded in the shape of a pear
Word Origin
Italian, from provola, apparently from Medieval Latin probula cheese made from buffalo milk
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Word Origin and History for provolone

1946, from Italian, augmentative of provola "cheese made from buffalo milk," from Medieval Latin probula, of uncertain origin.

Il nome non ha una derivazione precisa. L'etimologia, secondo alcuni, fa pensare alla parola napoletana prova-provola con cui in Campania viene indicato il classico latticino di bufala a pasta filata, da consumarsi fresco. ["Dieta Mediterranea"]

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