noun, often capitalized
pec·​o·​ri·​no | \ ˌpe-kə-ˈrē-(ˌ)nō How to pronounce pecorino (audio) \

Definition of pecorino

: any of various cheeses of Italian origin made from sheep's milk

Examples of pecorino in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Zoli’s cheese-only pie, the Spangler, with pecorino, parmesan, torn basil, and grassy-peppery extra virgin olive oil, is a star in the sky. Nick Rallo, Dallas News, "An Italian tour of Dallas: Lasagna, cannolis and Sunday Gravy from favorite family restaurants," 24 Dec. 2020 The lengthy case teems with soft wedges of truffle brie, wheels of pecorino, logs of goaty bucheron. Amy Schulman, Travel + Leisure, "How to Eat Like a New Yorker Wherever You Are," 8 Dec. 2020 Ottolenghi’s version flips the proportions of cheese, using four parts Parm and one part pecorino. Washington Post, "Ottolenghi’s cacio e pepe comes with a wonderful Middle Eastern twist," 18 Oct. 2020 Top with the remaining ragù, an even layer of the mozzarella, and finally, the pecorino. Karen Watts, Dallas News, "3 meatless recipes to try from the new Impossible Foods cookbook," 5 Oct. 2020 Pasta dishes range from chitarra with garlic, rabe, wild arugula and anchovy to bucatini with guanciale, chili, roast tomato and pecorino to gnocchi with cherry tomato, corn and Parmesan. Marcy De Luna, Houston Chronicle, "Houston native Travis McShane to debut Ostia restaurant in Montrose," 24 Sep. 2020 Under fritti, the fried snacks that start the menu, Toner gives arancini the pasta carbonara treatment, flavoring the rice balls with guanciale, pecorino, egg and black pepper. Carol Deptolla, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "In Bay View, Sorella restaurant opens soon with an Italian menu, New Jersey-style," 18 Aug. 2020 As an alternative to serving the pasta straight from the stove, it can be baked in an ovenproof casserole, shingled generously with shards of pecorino, at 350 degrees. The New York Times News Service Syndicate, The Denver Post, "Giving Rosso di Montalcino a second look," 11 Mar. 2020 Remove the pan from the heat, pour in the eggs, add half the Parmesan and half the pecorino, and season with pepper. cleveland, "‘Visit’ Rome via a staycation of recipes and cooking lessons," 24 June 2020

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First Known Use of pecorino

1908, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for pecorino

Italian, from pecorino of sheep, from pecora sheep, ewe, from Latin, domestic animals, from plural of pecus cattle — more at fee

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The first known use of pecorino was in 1908

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9 Jan 2021

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“Pecorino.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Mar. 2021.

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