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

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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World English Dictionary
mozzarella (ˌmɒtsəˈrɛlə)
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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Word Origin & History

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 cheese originally made in Naples area, from It., dim.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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Encyclopedia Britannica


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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