[gou-duh, goo-; Dutch khou-dah]
  1. a city in the W Netherlands, NE of Rotterdam.
  2. a semisoft, cream-colored cheese made in Holland from whole or partly skimmed milk.
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  1. a town in the W Netherlands, in South Holland province: important medieval cloth trade; famous for its cheese. Pop: 72 000 (2003 est)
  2. a large round Dutch cheese, mild and similar in taste to Edam
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Word Origin and History for gouda


type of cheese, 1885, named for a town in Holland.

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