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Edam

[ee-duh m, ee-dam; Dutch ey-dahm] /ˈi dəm, ˈi dæm; Dutch eɪˈdɑm/
noun
1.
a mild, hard, yellow cheese, produced in a round shape and coated with red wax.
Also called Edam cheese.
Origin
1830-1840
1830-40; after Edam, town in the Netherlands, where it originated
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Edam

/ˈiːdæm; Dutch ˈeːdam/
noun
1.
a town in the NW Netherlands, in North Holland province, on the IJsselmeer: cheese, light manufacturing. Pop: 28 000 (2003 est; includes Volendam)
2.
a hard round mild-tasting Dutch cheese, yellow in colour with a red outside covering
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Word Origin and History for edam-cheese

Edam

1836, cheese named for Edam, village in Holland where it was originally made. The place name is literally "the dam on the River Ye," which flows into the Ijsselmeer there, and the river name is literally "river" (cf. ea).

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Encyclopedia Article for edam-cheese

Edam

dorp (village) in northwestern Netherlands, on the IJsselmeer (Lake IJssel). Named for the dam built on the Ye, which joined the Purmer Lake (now polder) to the Zuiderzee, it became an important harbour, fishing port, and shipbuilding centre and was chartered in 1357, when a dock was built on the Zuiderzee. The harbour silted up and industrial and commercial activity waned after the construction in 1567 of a sluice in the dock to prevent flooding. The harbour has been sealed off as part of an inland lake preparatory to the drainage of the Markerwaard Polder (see IJsselmeer Polders).

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