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Hard cheeses produced in Italy, made from ewe's milk, are called “Italian Pecorino”.
The Italian name “pecora” means “sheep”, comes from the latin word “pecus”, which means livestock, domesticated animals, used in agricultural setting to obtain food.
Italian pecorino is a family of cheeses: there are different varieties, produced around the country. Seven of them have Protected Designation of Origin status (PDO, in Italian DOP) under the European Union law.