from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A Swiss dish consisting of cheese melted and served on boiled potatoes or bread.
- n. A firm cheese used in making this dish.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A dish, of Swiss origin, similar to a fondue, consisting of melted cheese traditionally served on boiled potatoes and accompanied with pickles.
- n. A firm cheese suitable for use in this dish.
French, from racler, to rake, scrape, from Provençal rasclar, to rake, from Old Provençal, from Vulgar Latin *rāsculāre, from *rāsculum, diminutive of Latin rāstrum, rake; see rēd- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French raclette, the diminutive form of racler (Wiktionary)