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provolone

[proh-vuh-loh-nee] /ˌproʊ vəˈloʊ ni/
noun
1.
a mellow light-colored, Italian cheese, usually smoked after drying.
Also called provolone cheese.
Origin
1945-1950
1945-50; < Italian, equivalent to provol(a) kind of cheese (of debated origin) + -one augmentative suffix
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British Dictionary definitions for provolone-cheese

provolone

/ˌprəʊvəˈləʊnɪ/
noun
1.
a mellow, pale yellow, soft, and sometimes smoked cheese, made of cows' milk: usually moulded in the shape of a pear
Word Origin
Italian, from provola, apparently from Medieval Latin probula cheese made from buffalo milk
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Word Origin and History for provolone-cheese

provolone

n.

1946, from Italian, augmentative of provola "cheese made from buffalo milk," from Medieval Latin 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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Encyclopedia Article for provolone-cheese

provolone

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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