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 The mushroom porridge known as juk, based on an umami-rich vegetable stock, could almost pass for an Italian dish, given its texture (akin to risotto) and its reinforcements (shaved pecorino and cherry tomatoes in addition to chile oil). Tom Sietsema, Washington Post, "For exceptional Korean food, book a table at Anju," 2 Jan. 2020 An early hit pairs supple fettuccine with sweet ruby red shrimp, a union bound with butter and pecorino. Tom Sietsema, Washington Post, "Among the top tips for Maialino Mare: The Italian charmer doesn’t do gratuities," 17 Jan. 2020 This raw sprouts salad is very straightforward, which lets the sweet tangerines and sharp pecorino shine. Sunset Magazine, "The Recipes You Should Be Cooking This January," 2 Jan. 2020 Brush with beaten egg and sprinkle with pecorino, then with everything seasoning, lightly pressing to adhere. The Good Housekeeping Test Kitchen, Good Housekeeping, "Pecorino-Everything Spice Straws," 21 Dec. 2019 Best-selling pizzas include a namesake Artichoke pie (artichoke hearts, spinach, cream sauce, mozzarella and pecorino romano) and classic Sicilian and margherita styles. Leeanne Griffin,, "Artichoke Basille’s Pizza opens in downtown Hartford," 10 Dec. 2019 The tariffs take obvious aim at European products that have cultural status — like Italian pecorino or Scotch whisky — and fetch premium prices. Tribune News Service, cleveland, "Trump’s latest tariffs will affect your holiday cheese, olive oil, wine," 28 Oct. 2019 Or perhaps some oozy arancini with risotto, pecorino, and more of that housemade mozzarella. Hilary Cadigan, Bon Appétit, "When This Jersey Guy Makes Detroit-Style Pizza in Atlanta, You Eat It," 29 Oct. 2019 Recently plums and cherry tomatoes huddled together, bound by green goddess dressing, pecorino and a sticky pepita crumble. Los Angeles Times, "Review: Amá•cita delivers comfort food with a fresh equation: Tex-Cal-Mex," 26 Sep. 2019

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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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12 Feb 2020

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“Pecorino.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Feb. 2020.

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