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Sunday, April 12, 2015

Definitions for caseous

  1. of or like cheese.

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Citations for caseous
The pecorino I am now eating spent its early days on shelves… After that formative experience in the caseous equivalent of Purgatory it was gently reawakened by being carried back into the warmth and light of the upper world, where it acquired the label 'Grottino' and in due course found its way onto Sampler's luncheon table. James Hamilton-Paterson, Amazing Disgrace, 2006
Yet in swallowing them, the white blood cells might not be killing them but only giving them protection by enwrapping them in pockets, spinning caseous cocoons around them. Donald Harington, Butterfly Weed, 1996
Origin of caseous
Caseous comes from the Latin word cāseus, which means "cheese." The suffix -ous forms adjectives that have the general sense "possessing, full of" a given quality, as in the word nervous.