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smearcase

[smeer-keys]
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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

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Historical Examples

  • In America cottage cheese is also called pot, Dutch and smearcase.

    The Complete Book of Cheese

    Robert Carlton Brown

  • If old Smearcase continues to fool away his hard-earned wealth in that manner, his friends ought to buy an injunction on his will!

    The Humors of Falconbridge

    Jonathan F. Kelley