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smearcase

[smeer-keys]
noun Chiefly North Midland U.S.
  1. any soft cheese suitable for spreading or eating with a spoon, especially a sour cottage cheese.
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Also smier·case, schmierkase.

Origin of smearcase

1820–30, Americanism; half translation, half adoption of German Schmierkäse, equivalent to schmier(en) to spread, smear + Käse cheese1

Regional variation note

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Examples from the Web for smear-case

Historical Examples

  • The man held a knife-load of smear-case in front of his mouth, and grunted.

    Stories of the Foot-hills

    Margaret Collier Graham

  • There was smear-case too, milk gravy and sauce made of English currants.

    Vandemark's Folly

    Herbert Quick


Word Origin and History for smear-case

n.

1829, semi-translation of German Schmier-käse; see smear (v.) + cheese (n.).

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