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buttermilk

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noun but·ter·milk \ˈbə-tər-ˌmilk\

Simple Definition of buttermilk

  • : the liquid that is left after butter has been made from milk or cream

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of buttermilk

  1. 1 :  the liquid left after butter has been churned from milk or cream

  2. 2 :  cultured milk made by the addition of suitable bacteria to sweet milk

15th Century

First Known Use of buttermilk

15th century

Rhymes with buttermilk


BUTTERMILK Defined for Kids

buttermilk

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noun but·ter·milk \ˈbə-tər-ˌmilk\

Definition of buttermilk for Students

  1. :  the liquid left after churning butter from milk or cream




Medical Dictionary

buttermilk

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noun but·ter·milk \ˈbət-ər-ˌmilk\

Medical Definition of buttermilk

  1. 1:  the liquid left after butter has been churned from milk or cream

  2. 2:  cultured milk made by the addition of suitable bacteria to sweet milk





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