One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A mild, firm, white Cypriot cheese, used especially in cooked dishes.‘place the strips of halloumi on a lightly oiled tray’
- ‘Cypriots use halloumi in many dishes although it's hard to beat eating it at source, with just fresh tomatoes and olives to balance the saltiness of the cheese.’
- ‘A friend recently mentioned to me that she had been cooking halloumi; I thought either she had a cold or she had found some kind of unusual fish.’
- ‘A popular food is halloumi, the traditional white cheese of Cyprus, which has been produced on the island for centuries.’
- ‘A more traditional breakfast is bread with tomatoes, olives, and halloumi, a cheese made only in Cyprus.’
- ‘A popular cheese is called halloumi (similar to feta), made from goat or sheep milk and often served in a sandwich of pita-style bread or cubed in salads.’
From Egyptian Arabic ḥalūm, probably from Arabic ḥaluma ‘to be mild’.
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