butterfat

noun
but·​ter·​fat | \ ˈbə-tər-ˌfat How to pronounce butterfat (audio) \

Definition of butterfat

: the natural fat of milk and chief constituent of butter consisting essentially of a mixture of glycerides (such as those derived from butyric, capric, caproic, and caprylic acids)

Examples of butterfat in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The reams of data that can be collected by robotics such a DeLaval Herd Management system, (the University of Connecticut has one) can measure the butterfat and protein content, but also if a cow is pregnant. Denise Coffey, courant.com, "Robots Do The Milking At Fairholm Farm," 23 Sep. 2019 However, higher butterfat means less water, which could lead to more difficulty handling the dough. Lucinda Scala Quinn, Washington Post, "How to put fancy, high-fat butter to its best use," 21 June 2019 Triple-crème: Soft cheese with added butterfat, like cream. Marc Bona, cleveland.com, "The science of cheese: Cleveland doctor making ‘amazing’ artisanal cheeses," 26 June 2019 At the center of dispute, which is slated to go to trial later this month, is a key ingredient for super-creamy ice cream: butterfat. Washington Post, "I scream, you scream: Jury to settle bitter dessert dispute," 5 July 2018 The Whites, who no longer sell frozen treats, had an agreement with Fieldbrook that the ice cream would contain 14 percent butterfat. Washington Post, "I scream, you scream: Jury to settle bitter dessert dispute," 5 July 2018 The test allows creameries and cheese factories to separate out and measure the percentage of butterfat in milk to ensure farmers do not dilute their milk with water. Mark Johnson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "UW scientific advances include vitamins, growing human embryonic stem cells in lab," 12 July 2018 Astronaut’s female descendants are prized for their udder quality and the high butterfat content of their milk. John Kelly, Washington Post, "Remembering a time when Montgomery County was dairy — very dairy, indeed," 10 July 2018 In a deep pot, heat fermented dairy mixture to set curds, and collect the butterfat that separates. Ali Bouzari, San Francisco Chronicle, "Housemade: The silent science behind three signature dishes at Duna," 12 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of butterfat

1871, in the meaning defined above

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“Butterfat.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/butterfat. Accessed 28 Feb. 2020.

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butterfat

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How to pronounce butterfat (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of butterfat

: the natural fat of milk from which butter is made

butterfat

noun
but·​ter·​fat | \ ˈbə-tər-ˌfat How to pronounce butterfat (audio) \

Kids Definition of butterfat

: the natural fat of milk that is the chief ingredient of butter

butterfat

noun
but·​ter·​fat | \ -ˌfat How to pronounce butterfat (audio) \

Medical Definition of butterfat

: the natural fat of milk and chief constituent of butter consisting essentially of a mixture of glycerides (as butyrin, olein, and palmitin)

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