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[smeer-keys] /ˈsmɪərˌkeɪs/
noun, Chiefly North Midland U.S.
any soft cheese suitable for spreading or eating with a spoon, especially a sour cottage cheese.
Also, smiercase, schmierkase.
Origin of smearcase
1820-30, Americanism; half translation, half adoption of German Schmierkäse, equivalent to schmier(en) to spread, smear + Käse cheese1
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Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • The man held a knife-load of smear-case in front of his mouth, and grunted.

    Stories of the Foot-hills Margaret Collier Graham
  • There was smear-case too, milk gravy and sauce made of English currants.

    Vandemark's Folly Herbert Quick
Word Origin and History for smear-case

1829, semi-translation of German Schmier-käse; see smear (v.) + cheese (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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