provolone cheese

provolone

[proh-vuh-loh-nee]
noun
a mellow light-colored, Italian cheese, usually smoked after drying.
Also called provolone cheese.


Origin:
1945–50; < Italian, equivalent to provol(a) kind of cheese (of debated origin) + -one augmentative suffix

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provolone (ˌprəʊvəˈləʊnɪ)
 
n
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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provolone
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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