feta

[fet-uh]

Origin of feta

1935–40; < Modern Greek, short for tyrì phéta, equivalent to tyrí cheese (Greek tyrós) + phéta slice < Italian fetta (see fettuccine)
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Contemporary Examples of feta

  • Mozzarella, ricotta and burrata all come from the south of Italy; feta is from Greece.

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    Elegy to Italian Cheese

    Jesse Dart

    May 21, 2011

  • You can eat it with powdered sugar, but my favorite is with feta cheese and raspberry jam or fresh raspberries.

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    How to Make Petulla, Albanian Fried Dough

    Petrit Husenaj

    January 12, 2011

  • This watermelon, feta, and black olive salad recipe from Nigella Lawson reminds me of that.

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    Fresh Picks

    José Andrés

    August 25, 2009

  • Watermelon is also unbelievably good with a salty cheese like feta.

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    Fresh Picks

    José Andrés

    August 25, 2009

  • Watermelon, Feta and Black Olive Saladby Nigella Lawson The star chef combines improbable ingredients that beguile the palate.

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    Cookstr.com

    July 21, 2009

Historical Examples of feta

  • Feta is soft and as blinding white as a plate of fresh Ricotta smothered with sour cream.

    The Complete Book of Cheese

    Robert Carlton Brown

  • A more exciting olive cream may be made with Greek Calatma olives and Feta sheep cheese.

    The Complete Book of Cheese

    Robert Carlton Brown


British Dictionary definitions for feta

feta

noun
  1. a white sheep or goat cheese popular in Greece

Word Origin for feta

Modern Greek, from the phrase turi pheta, from turi cheese + pheta, from Italian fetta a slice
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