a mellow light-colored, Italian cheese, usually smoked after drying.
Also called provolone cheese.

1945–50; < Italian, equivalent to provol(a) kind of cheese (of debated origin) + -one augmentative suffix Unabridged
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provolone (ˌprəʊvəˈləʊnɪ)
a mellow, pale yellow, soft, and sometimes smoked cheese, made of cows' milk: usually moulded in the shape of a pear
[Italian, from provola, apparently from Medieval Latin probula cheese made from buffalo milk]

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Word Origin & History

1946, from It., augmentative of provola "cheese made from buffalo milk," from M.L. probula, of uncertain origin.
"Il nome non ha una derivazione precisa. L'etimologia, secondo alcuni, fa pensare alla parola napoletana prova-provola con cui in Campania viene indicato il classico latticino di bufala a pasta filata, da consumarsi fresco." ["Dieta Mediterranea"]
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cow's-milk cheese from southern Italy. Provolone, like mozzarella, is a plastic curd cheese; the curd is mixed with heated whey and kneaded to a smooth, semisoft consistency, often molded into fanciful shapes such as pigs, fruits, or sausages. The brown, oily rind of provolone is wrapped in cords, which impress grooves in the rind, and hung to ripen. They are often seen on display in Italian food shops. The creamy yellow interior of provolone is smooth and pliable.

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Example sentences
My brother uses a mixture of mozzarella and provolone.
Cook on low forever, and then shred and serve on rolls with provolone cheese.
Turn off the heat and stir in the fontina and provolone, one at a time, to
  ensure even melting.
Apart from mozzarella, provolone and feta cheeses are also used-and customers
  can specify their preferred cheese.
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