[ri-kot-uh, -kaw-tuh; Italian ree-kawt-tah]
a soft Italian cheese that resembles cottage cheese.

1875–80; < Italian < Latin recocta, feminine of recoctus, past participle of recoquere to re-cook. See re-, cook1

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ricotta (rɪˈkɒtə)
a soft white unsalted cheese made from sheep's milk, used esp in making ravioli and gnocchi
[C19: Italian, from Latin recocta recooked, from recoquere, from re- + coquere to cook]

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Word Origin & History

kind of It. cottage cheese, 1879, earlier ricoct (1582), from It. ricotta, lit. "recooked," From fem. pp. of L. recoquere.
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Example sentences
But she was up for dessert-butterscotch pudding with cocoa nibs, ricotta toast,
  and a blondie.
Thin-crust pizza is topped with roasted yellow tomatoes and organic ricotta.
The restaurant slices it raw, simmers it in lard, and tucks it into a soft
  sesame bun under a scoop of ricotta.
While they didn't have any sheet pasta left, they did have fresh ricotta
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