a soft, white, brine-cured Greek cheese made from sheep's milk or goat's milk.

1935–40; < Modern Greek, short for tyrì phéta, equivalent to tyrí cheese (Greek tyrós) + phéta slice < Italian fetta (see fettuccine)

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feta (ˈfɛtə)
a white sheep or goat cheese popular in Greece
[Modern Greek, from the phrase turi pheta, from turi cheese + pheta, from Italian fetta a slice]

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fresh, white, soft or semisoft cheese of Greece, originally made exclusively from goat's or sheep's milk but in modern times containing cow's milk. Feta is not cooked or pressed but is cured briefly in a brine solution that adds a salty flavour to the sharp tang of goat's or sheep's milk.

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