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

  • n. A mild white Italian cheese that has a rubbery texture and is often eaten melted, as on pizza.

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  • n. Soft Italian cheese made from cow's or buffalo's milk and commonly used as a pizza topping and in salads etc

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

  • n. mild white Italian cheese


Italian, diminutive of mozza, a cut, mozzarella, from mozzare, to cut off, from mozzo, mutilated, from Vulgar Latin *mutius, from Latin mutilis.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Italian mozzare ("to cut off") > Latin mutilatis (Wiktionary)



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  • "Mozzarella" should be used exclusively for water buffalo milk mozzarella; cow milk mozzarella is fior di latte.

    June 16, 2008