Fallout From the Mozzarella Scare
(Quick recap: The Campania region around Naples, source of most of Italy’s buffalo milk, is also plagued by illegal burning and dumping of trash and industrial waste by the Camorra, the local mafia. Dioxins, an especially nasty type of chemical pollutant, turned up in January in buffalo milk from some dairies in the region, probably because of the dumping. Investigations, scary headlines, health warnings and consumer qualms about the otherwise coveted cheese have ensued.)buffalo Show phonetics
noun [C] plural buffaloes or buffalo
a large animal of the cattle family, with long curved horns
clobber (HIT) Show phonetics
verb [T] INFORMAL
1 to hit someone or something hard and repeatedly:
If you do that again, I'll clobber you (one).
2 to punish someone:
The government is proposing new measures to clobber tax dodgers.
3 to harm someone financially:
The new supermarket is really going to clobber the small local shops.
qualm Hide phonetics
noun [C usually plural]
an uncomfortable feeling of doubt about whether you are doing the right thing:
She had no qualms about lying to the police.
covet Hide phonetics
verb [T] FORMAL
to desire something strongly, especially something which belongs to someone else:
She always coveted power but never quite achieved it.
The Booker Prize is the most coveted British literary award.
covetable Hide phonetics
adjective UK FORMAL
covetous Hide phonetics
adjective FORMAL DISAPPROVING
desiring something too much, especially something that belongs to someone else:
Western companies are casting covetous eyes on the bargain-priced companies of eastern Europe.
covetously Hide phonetics
adverb FORMAL DISAPPROVING
The boys looked covetously at the shiny new motorcycles.
verb [I or T] -pp-
to repeat the main points of an explanation or description:
Finally, the teacher recapped the main points of the lesson.
To recap, our main aim is to increase sales by 12% this year.
recap Hide phonetics
Could you give me a quick recap on what happened in the meeting?
recapitulate Show phonetics
FORMAL FOR recap
recapitulation Show phonetics
FORMAL FOR recap