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smearcase

[smeer-keys] /ˈsmɪərˌkeɪs/
noun, Chiefly North Midland U.S.
1.
any soft cheese suitable for spreading or eating with a spoon, especially a sour cottage cheese.
Also, smiercase, schmierkase.
Origin of smearcase
1820-1830
1820-30, Americanism; half translation, half adoption of German Schmierkäse, equivalent to schmier(en) to spread, smear + Käse cheese1
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  • In America cottage cheese is also called pot, Dutch and smearcase.

    The Complete Book of Cheese Robert Carlton Brown
  • If old smearcase continues to fool away his hard-earned wealth in that manner, his friends ought to buy an injunction on his will!

    The Humors of Falconbridge Jonathan F. Kelley

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