ricotta definition by Webster's New World
- a soft, dry or moist Italian cheese made from whey obtained in the production of other cheeses
- a cheese like this made in the U.S. from whole milk or from whey and whole milk
Origin: Italian ; from Classical Latin recocta, recooked, feminine past participle of recoquere, to boil again: see re- and amp; cook
ricotta definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- A soft Italian cheese that resembles cottage cheese.
- A similar soft cheese made in the United States.
Origin: Italian, from Latin recocta, feminine past participle of recoquere, to cook again : re-, re- + coquere, to cook; see pekw- in Indo-European roots.