parmesan cheese

Parmesan

[pahr-muh-zahn, -zan, -zuhn; pahr-muh-zahn, -zan]
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:
1510–20; < Middle French < Italian parmigiano pertaining to Parma

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Parmesan (ˌpɑːmɪˈzæn, ˈpɑːmɪˌzæn)
 
adj
1.  of or relating to Parma or its inhabitants
 
n
2.  a native or inhabitant of Parma

Parmesan cheese
 
n
a hard dry cheese made from skimmed milk, used grated, esp on pasta dishes and soups

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Parmesan
type of dry, hard cheese, 1556, from It. Parmegiano, from Parma, city in northern Italy, one of the places where the cheese is made. The place name is ult. from Etruscan. Full form parmeson chese is recorded from 1519.
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