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ricotta

[ ri-kot-uh, -kaw-tuh; Italian ree-kawt-tah ]
/ rɪˈkɒt ə, -ˈkɔ tə; Italian riˈkɔt tɑ /
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noun
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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British Dictionary definitions for ricotta

ricotta
/ (rɪˈkɒtə) /

noun
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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