cotija

noun
co·ti·ja | \ kō-ˈtē-hä \
variants: or cotija cheese

Definition of cotija 

: a hard, white, crumbly Mexican cheese made from cow's milk Another Mexican-style cheese that's great for summer meals is cotija. Firm, white, and salty, it crumbles readily and is a grand alternative to parmesan in salads or sprinkled over vegetables. —Jerry Anne Di Vecchio … filled with a tangle of beans, Mexican sausage, crumbly cotija cheese and lettuce … —Miriam Morgan

First Known Use of cotija

1975, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for cotija

borrowed from Spanish (queso) Cotija, after Cotija, municipality in Michoacán, Mexico

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