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Roquefort cheese \Roque`fort" cheese\, or Roquefort \Roque`fort"\, n. A highly flavored blue-molded cheese, made at Roquefort, department of Aveyron, France. It is made from milk of ewes, sometimes with cow's milk added, and is cured in caves. Improperly, a cheese made in imitation of it.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

type of cheese, 1837, from the village in the southwest of France, where it originally was made. Reference to salad dressing made from this kind of cheese is from 1943.


Roquefort ( or ; ; from Occitanròcafòrt ) is a sheep milk blue cheese from the south of France, and together with Bleu d'Auvergne, Stilton, and Gorgonzola is one of the world's best known blue cheeses. Though similar cheeses are produced elsewhere, EU law dictates that only those cheeses aged in the natural Combalou caves of Roquefort-sur-Soulzon may bear the name Roquefort, as it is a recognised geographical indication, or has a protected designation of origin.

The cheese is white, tangy, crumbly and slightly moist, with distinctive veins of blue mold. It has characteristic odor and flavor with a notable taste of butyric acid; the blue veins provide a sharp tang. It has no rind; the exterior is edible and slightly salty. A typical wheel of Roquefort weighs between 2.5 and 3 kilograms (5.5 and 6.6 pounds), and is about 10 cm (4 inches) thick. Each kilogram of finished cheese requires about of milk to produce. Roquefort is known in France as the king of cheeses.

Roquefort (disambiguation)

Roquefort can have one of several meanings:

  • Roquefort (cheese)
  • Roquefort, the mouse in Disney's The Aristocats
  • Roquefort, the song by the Australian rock band Karnivool, featured in their debut album Themata

Roquefort is the name or part of the name of several communes in France:

  • Roquefort, Gers, in the Gers département
  • Roquefort, Landes, in the Landes département
  • Roquefort, Lot-et-Garonne, in the Lot-et-Garonne département
  • Roquefort-de-Sault, in the Aude département
  • Roquefort-des-Corbières, in the Aude département
  • Roquefort-la-Bédoule, in the Bouches-du-Rhône département
  • Roquefort-les-Cascades, in the Ariège département
  • Roquefort-les-Pins, in the Alpes-Maritimes département
  • Roquefort-sur-Garonne, in the Haute-Garonne département
  • Roquefort-sur-Soulzon, in the Aveyron département
  • Rocquefort, in the Seine-Maritime département

Usage examples of "roquefort".

My sweetheart's eyes gleamed with pleasure: truly Chambertin and Roquefort are excellent thinks to restore an old love and to ripen a young one.

I want a minute steak with mushrooms, whatever vegetable Tony's got that didn't come out of a can, some lettuce and tomatoes with Roquefort dressing, and coffee.

Hixie sipped a Manhattan and sampled the Brie, Camembert, Cheshire, Edam, Gorgonzola, Gouda, Gruyere, Herkimer, Liederkranz, Mozzarella, Muenster, Parmesan, Port du Salut, and Roquefort.

He took another slice of bread and lavishly smeared Roquefort cheese on it.

There was half of a cold broiled lobster, five stone-cold fried oysters, an inch jar of caviar and a wedge of Roquefort cheese.

Maybe they prefer the stuffed mushrooms, or the little Roquefort cheese morsels rolled in crushed nuts, all of which are at this very moment being offered them on silver platters by tall, smiling waiters in Aces High livery.

In the raw state they contained bitter crystals of oxide that made them inedible, but when boiled and peeled they were delicious, except that they looked like Roquefort cheese.

He waited until a curvaceous young thing had turned him down, then approached while Malcolm was looking bluer than a well-aged round of Roquefort cheese.

Below hung a pair of translucent balls, the pallid blue color of Roquefort cheese.

If Willoughby says the moon is made of blue Roquefort cheese, that means MacArthur agrees.