al·​bu·​men | \ al-ˈbyü-mən How to pronounce albumen (audio) , ˈal-ˌbyü- How to pronounce albumen (audio) , -byə- \

Definition of albumen

1 : the white of an egg — see egg illustration
2 : albumin

Examples of albumen in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Documentary photography meets staged, conceptual art, old papers and processes like albumen prints meet the latest digital prints and inkjet prints, coal black prints meet bright and colorful prints. Vogue, 23 Feb. 2022 The gallery is awash in tintypes, daguerreotypes, albumen prints, and other forms of early photography, plus images made with everything from mid-century 35-millimeter film cameras to the latest digital devices. Steven Litt, cleveland, 13 Feb. 2022 After another minute, spoon some of the poaching liquid over the eggs until the albumen is no longer clear. Bill Buford, The New Yorker, 8 Apr. 2021 Among the Edisons of the albumen was Edwin Baltzley, whose 1885 eggbeater brought in enough money to buy 500 acres alongside the Potomac and, with his twin brother, Edward, found the Glen Echo Chautauqua. Washington Post, 21 Feb. 2021 For example, beautiful 19th-century landscape paintings by Albert Bierstadt and Martin Johnson Heade, and an 1871 albumen-silver photograph by William Henry Jackson, all from the Carter’s collection, show us 19th-century views of the natural world. Benjamin Lima, Dallas News, 14 Feb. 2020 An off-center, flattish yolk surrounded by watery albumen is a good indication that the egg isn’t fresh. NBC News, 19 Oct. 2019 Thick albumen holds the yolk up, round and proud, right in the center of the egg. NBC News, 19 Oct. 2019 What: The exhibit at the New Orleans Museum of Art features more than 150 photographic daguerreotypes, albumen prints, stereographic images and salt prints. Chris Granger,, 22 Dec. 2017 See More

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First Known Use of albumen

1599, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for albumen

borrowed from Late Latin albūmen (also albāmen, albūmentum), from Latin albus "white" + -ūmen (in ferrūmen, fērūmen "adhesive, glue, solder") — more at album

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al·​bu·​men | \ al-ˈbyü-mən How to pronounce albumen (audio) \

Kids Definition of albumen

1 : the white of an egg
2 : albumin


al·​bu·​men | \ al-ˈbyü-mən; ˈal-ˌbyü- How to pronounce albumen (audio) , -byə- How to pronounce albumen (audio) \

Medical Definition of albumen

1 : the white of an egg
2 : albumin

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