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Parmesan

[pahr-muh-zahn, -zan, -zuh n; pahr-muh-zahn, -zan] /ˈpɑr məˌzɑn, -ˌzæn, -zən; ˌpɑr məˈzɑn, -ˈzæn/
adjective
1.
of or from Parma, in northern Italy.
noun
2.
(sometimes lowercase). Also called Parmesan cheese. a hard, dry variety of Italian cheese made from skim milk, usually grated and sprinkled over pasta dishes and soups.
Origin
1510-1520
1510-20; < Middle French < Italian parmigiano pertaining to Parma
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British Dictionary definitions for Parmesan

Parmesan

/ˌpɑːmɪˈzæn; ˈpɑːmɪˌzæn/
adjective
1.
of or relating to Parma or its inhabitants
noun
2.
a native or inhabitant of Parma
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Word Origin and History for Parmesan
n.

type of dry, hard cheese, 1550s, from Italian Parmegiano "of Parma," from Parma, city in northern Italy, one of the places where the cheese is made. Full form parmeson chese is recorded from 1510s. The place name ultimately is Etruscan.

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