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mozzarella

[mot-suh-rel-luh, moht-] /ˌmɒt səˈrɛl lə, ˌmoʊt-/
noun
1.
a mild, white, semisoft Italian cheese.
Origin
1910-1915
1910-15; < Italian, equivalent to mozza a kind of cheese (literally, a cut; compare mozzare to cut off) + -rella -rel
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Examples from the web for mozzarella
  • 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.
  • The menu begins with seven appetizers inspired by traditional pub fare, such as fried raviolis and fried mozzarella cheese sticks.
  • White pies with mozzarella and/or ricotta are also available.
  • mozzarella is packaged in a variety of sizes and is produced in whole-milk, part-skim and skim varieties.
  • Place the tomatoes and mozzarella slices alternately around mix.
British Dictionary definitions for mozzarella

mozzarella

/ˌmɒtsəˈrɛlə/
noun
1.
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
n.

1911, Italian cheese originally made in Naples area, from Italian mozzarella, diminutive of mozza, a kind of cheese, from mozzare "to cut off," from mozzo "blunt," from Vulgar Latin *mutius "cut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