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[mot-suh-rel-luh, moht-] /ˌmɒt səˈrɛl lə, ˌmoʊt-/
a mild, white, semisoft Italian cheese.
Origin of mozzarella
1910-15; < Italian, equivalent to mozza a kind of cheese (literally, a cut; compare mozzare to cut off) + -rella -rel Unabridged
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  • Cheese and butter combined in a small brick of butter with a covering of mozzarella.

    The Complete Book of Cheese Robert Carlton Brown
British Dictionary definitions for mozzarella


a moist white Italian curd cheese made originally from buffalo milk
Word Origin
from Italian, diminutive of mozza a type of cheese, from mozzare to cut off
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Word Origin and History for mozzarella

1911, Italian cheese originally made in Naples area, from Italian mozzarella, diminutive of mozza, a kind of cheese, from mozzare "to cut off," from mozzo "blunt," from Vulgar Latin *mutius "cut off, blunted."

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