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[fet-uh] /ˈfɛt ə/
a soft, white, brine-cured Greek cheese made from sheep's milk or goat's milk.
Origin of feta
1935-40; < Modern Greek, short for tyrì phéta, equivalent to tyrí cheese (Greek tyrós) + phéta slice < Italian fetta (see fettuccine) Unabridged
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Examples from the web for feta
  • Watermelon, feta and Black Olive Saladby Nigella Lawson The star chef combines improbable ingredients that beguile the palate.

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  • Lentil and feta Cheese Salad by Nava Atlas and Fran Bigelow A few bites to transport you to the Mediterranean.

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  • You can eat it with powdered sugar, but my favorite is with feta cheese and raspberry jam or fresh raspberries.

British Dictionary definitions for feta


a white sheep or goat cheese popular in Greece
Word Origin
Modern Greek, from the phrase turi pheta, from turi cheese + pheta, from Italian fetta a slice
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