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butter

1butter

noun but·ter \ˈbə-tər\

: a solid yellow substance made from milk or cream that is spread on food or used in cooking

: a food made from cooked fruit or roasted nuts that have been ground up

Full Definition of BUTTER

1
:  a solid emulsion of fat globules, air, and water made by churning milk or cream and used as food
2
:  a buttery substance: as
a :  any of various fatty oils remaining nearly solid at ordinary temperatures
b :  a creamy food spread; especially :  one made of ground roasted nuts <peanut butter>
3
:  flattery
but·ter·less \-ləs\ adjective

Examples of BUTTER

  1. Would you like some butter for your potato?
  2. Sauté the onions in melted butter.

Origin of BUTTER

Middle English, from Old English butere, from Latin butyrum, from Greek boutyron, from bous cow + tyros cheese; akin to Avestan tūiri- curds — more at cow
First Known Use: before 12th century

Other Food Terms

Reuben, calamari, chuck, curry, edamame, foie gras, hummus, leaven, nonpareil, peel

2butter

verb

: to spread or put butter on (something)

Full Definition of BUTTER

transitive verb
:  to spread with or as if with butter

Examples of BUTTER

  1. butter a piece of bread

First Known Use of BUTTER

15th century

Other Food Terms

Reuben, calamari, chuck, curry, edamame, foie gras, hummus, leaven, nonpareil, peel

butter

noun but·ter \ˈbət-ər\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of BUTTER

1
:  a solid emulsion of fat globules, air, and water made by churning milk or cream and used as food
2
:  a buttery substance; especially :  any of various fatty oils remaining nearly solid at ordinary temperatures

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