mozzarella

[mot-suh-rel-luh, moht-]
noun
a mild, white, semisoft Italian cheese.

Origin:
1910–15; < Italian, equivalent to mozza a kind of cheese (literally, a cut; compare mozzare to cut off) + -rella -rel

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mozzarella (ˌmɒtsəˈrɛlə)
 
n
a moist white Italian curd cheese made originally from buffalo milk
 
[from Italian, diminutive of mozza a type of cheese, from mozzare to cut off]

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mozzarella
1911, It. cheese originally made in Naples area, from It., dim. of mozza, a kind of cheese, from mozzare "to cut off," from mozzo "blunt," from V.L. *mutius "cut off, blunted."
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mozzarella

mild, smooth-textured cheese made in its authentic Italian version from the milk of the water buffalo; imitations of varying quality are commonly made of cow's milk.

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Example sentences
Use mozzarella for a melting texture and good cheesy flavor without a lot of
  fat.
Top with mozzarella and garnish with torn basil leaves.
Thin crust and deep dish pizzas come with a selection of meats, vegetables and
  mozzarella cheese.
The menu includes a wide variety of college favorites including pizza logs,
  mozzarella sticks, chicken wings and burgers.
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