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 (săp-sā′gō, săp′sə-gō′)
n. pl. sap·sa·gos
A hard, dry, pale green cheese colored and flavored with blue fenugreek, made by curdling whey from skimmed cow's milk, and aged. It is usually eaten by grating over other foods or mixing the grated cheese with butter as a spread.

[Alteration of German Schabzieger : schaben, to scrape, grate (from Middle High German, from Old High German skaban) + Zieger, curds made from whey, whey cheese (from Middle High German ziger, ultimately, perhaps via an Alpine Romance form akin to Rhaeto-Romansch tšigrun, from Gaulish *dwigro-; see gwher- in Indo-European roots).]


(Cookery) a hard greenish Swiss cheese made with sour skimmed milk and coloured and flavoured with clover
[C19: changed from German Schabziger, from schaben to grate + dialect Ziger a kind of cheese]


(sæpˈseɪ goʊ, ˈsæp səˌgoʊ)

a strong, hard, usu. green cheese of Swiss origin, made with sour skim milk and sweet clover.
[1840–50, Amer.; alter. of German Schabziger, Schabzieger=schab(en) to grate + Zi(e)ger a kind of cheese]
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Noun1.sapsago - a hard green Swiss cheese made with skim-milk curd and flavored with clover
Swiss cheese - hard pale yellow cheese with many holes from Switzerland