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mozzarella

[mot-suh-rel-luh, moht-]
noun
  1. a mild, white, semisoft Italian cheese.
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Origin of mozzarella

1910–15; < Italian, equivalent to mozza a kind of cheese (literally, a cut; compare mozzare to cut off) + -rella -rel
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mozzarella

noun
  1. a moist white Italian curd cheese made originally from buffalo milk
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Word Origin for mozzarella

from Italian, diminutive of mozza a type of cheese, from mozzare to cut off
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Word Origin and History for mozzarella

n.

1911, Italian cheese originally made in Naples area, from Italian mozzarella, diminutive of mozza, a kind of cheese, from mozzare "to cut off," from mozzo "blunt," from Vulgar Latin *mutius "cut off, blunted."

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