[ ri-kot-uh, -kaw-tuh; Italian ree-kawt-tah ]
/ rɪˈkɒt ə, -ˈkɔ tə; Italian riˈkɔt tɑ /


a soft Italian cheese that resembles cottage cheese.

Words nearby ricotta

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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/ (rɪˈkɒtə) /


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

Word Origin for ricotta

C19: Italian, from Latin recocta recooked, from recoquere, from re- + coquere to cook
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