Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A pungent cheese made of goat's milk and formed into small disks.
  • n. A disk of this cheese.

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

French, from Old French crotin, animal dropping, diminutive of crotte, dung, probably of Germanic origin.

Examples

  • They now tend a flock of 600 sheep and two herds of dairy cows — 30 Jersey and 15 Guernsey — plus 20 goats whose milk he uses to produce crottin and other fresh cheeses.

    Say Cheese: Europe by way of New Jersey

  • I picked up a couple of ripe yellow tomatoes, some hand-picked local arugula, some French goat's cheese (a crottin de something or other, I forget now), some organic Salchichon* from Spain and for dessert, a blood orange and a pot of honey yogurt.

    Did I ever tell you about that yogurt?

  • I've used your tasting notes and photographs as a resource when making crottin and cabecou styles I love Holy Goat, and so miss Indigo.

    Holy Goat

  • I use about 3 oz of each cheese, usually chevre or fresh crottin for the goat cheese, and a tangy blue cheese like Bleu d'Auvergne, Roquefort, or Maytag blue.

    Archive 2007-02-01

  • Cut each crottin horizontally into 2 or 3 half-inch slices.

    Archive 2005-04-01

  • Each full wheel, log, drum, crottin or pyramid is displayed to show off the craft that has gone into its making.

    The Globe and Mail - Home RSS feed

  • It's the home of puff pastry, of tarte tatin; and famous for its goat's cheeses - crottin de Chavignol, Pouligny-Saint-Pierre, Selles-sur-Cher.

    The Guardian World News

  • With all of this I had first a platter of paper-thin slices of ham served with good Normandy butter and excellent dark country-style bread and then a small whole cheese, a crottin de sancere that the owner buys directly from a small dairy in the countryside.

    The New Wine Consumer: Wine Brands

  • My dining partner and I began the warm salad of baby beetroot with crottin de chavignol and poached egg beignet and the seared tuna.

    Totally Jewish News Feed

  • My crottin from the Brasserie Lipp, served with a pat of obscenely creamy butter.

    Nico Muhly

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  • The word means a cheese like a turd

    And sounding in French is preferred:

    "..Un peu de crottin

    Pour les oeufs au gratin.."

    To rhyme it in English's absurd.

    But Ernest, when he is besotten,

    All lexical niceness forgotten,

    Is apt to command,

    "The Froggies be damned!

    I'll order a portion of crottin."

    Find out more about Ernest Bafflewit

    March 28, 2017