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halloumi Syllabification: hal·lou·mi
Pronunciation: /həˈlo͞omē/

Definition of halloumi in English:


A mild, firm, white Cypriot cheese traditionally made from goats‘ or ewes’ milk, used especially in cooked dishes: place the strips of halloumi on a lightly oiled tray
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  • 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.
  • 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 popular food is halloumi, the traditional white cheese of Cyprus, which has been produced on the island for centuries.


1990s: from Egyptian Arabic ḥalūm, probably from Arabic ḥaluma 'to be mild'.

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