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[ri-kot-uh, -kaw-tuh; Italian ree-kawt-tah]
  1. a soft Italian cheese that resembles cottage cheese.
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Origin of ricotta

1875–80; < Italian < Latin recocta, feminine of recoctus, past participle of recoquere to re-cook. See re-, cook1
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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


  1. a soft white unsalted cheese made from sheep's milk, used esp in making ravioli and gnocchi
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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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