from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A dish made of portions of the head, or head and feet, of swine, cut up fine, seasoned, and pressed into a cheeselike mass.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In cookery, portions of the head and feet of swine cut into fine pieces, seasoned, and, after being boiled, pressed into the form of a cheese. Also called brawn.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. sausage or jellied loaf made of chopped parts of the head meat and sometimes feet and tongue of a calf or pig


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  • There the pails and pans were washed and sunned, the meats chopped, the sausage made, head-cheese moulded, ham and bacon salted, and the lard tried out over the out-door fires.

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  • Germans to-day eat wild boar, head-cheese, pickles, goose's flesh dried, sausages, cheese, and salads for supper, and wash down with beer.

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  • "I want to speak for some of the sausage," said Maria; "and a half a fresh ham, and half a salt, and some head-cheese, and some of the salted-down pork."


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  • You can be as æsthetic as you're a mind to with the head-cheese and candles. '

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  • Becky scouring the brass furnace-kittle with salt and vinegar. Killin 'time, you know -- makes you think of boiling souse and head-cheese.

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  • Sausages, rolliches, and head-cheese were made, lard tried out, and tallow saved.

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