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[ri-kot-uh, -kaw-tuh; Italian ree-kawt-tah] /rɪˈkɒt ə, -ˈkɔ tə; Italian riˈkɔt tɑ/
a soft Italian cheese that resembles cottage cheese.
Origin of ricotta
1875-80; < Italian < Latin recocta, feminine of recoctus, past participle of recoquere to re-cook. See re-, cook1 Unabridged
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  • Like ricotta, this is such a popular cheese all over America that it is imitated widely, and often badly, with a bitter taste.

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


a soft white unsalted cheese made from sheep's milk, used esp in making ravioli and gnocchi
Word Origin
C19: Italian, from Latin recocta recooked, from recoquere, from re- + coquere to cook
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Word Origin and History for ricotta

kind of Italian cottage cheese, 1877, earlier ricoct (1580s), from Italian ricotta, literally "recooked," from fem. past participle of Latin recoquere, from re- "again" (see re-) + coquere "to cook" (see cook (n.)).

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