Back·​stein | \ ˈbäkˌs(h)tīn\
variants: or less commonly Backsteiner \ -​nə(r) \
plural -s

Definition of Backstein

: a German cheese resembling limburger that is produced in brick shape

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First Known Use of Backstein

circa 1911, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for Backstein

German backsteinkäse, literally, brick cheese, from backstein brick (from backen to bake—from Old High German backan—+ stein stone, from Old High German) + käse cheese; akin to Old High German bahhan to bake

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