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 After another minute, spoon some of the poaching liquid over the eggs until the albumen is no longer clear. Bill Buford, The New Yorker, "A Very French Way to Poach an Egg," 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, "The beat goes on, but without the classic, hand-cranked eggbeater," 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, "‘The Perilous Texas Adventures of Mark Dion’ is unlike any other art exhibition," 14 Feb. 2020 An off-center, flattish yolk surrounded by watery albumen is a good indication that the egg isn’t fresh. NBC News, "How to make perfect (and easy to peel) boiled eggs every time," 19 Oct. 2019 Thick albumen holds the yolk up, round and proud, right in the center of the egg. NBC News, "How to make perfect (and easy to peel) boiled eggs every time," 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,, "Swipe the photos and see modern New Orleans compared with rare 19th-century photos," 22 Dec. 2017

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First Known Use of albumen

1599, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for albumen

Late Latin, from Latin albus

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14 Apr 2021

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“Albumen.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of albumen

technical : the part of the inside of an egg that is clear before it is cooked and white after it is cooked : the white of an egg


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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