butterfat

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noun but·ter·fat \-ˌfat\

Definition of butterfat

  1. :  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)

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First Known Use of butterfat

1874


BUTTERFAT Defined for English Language Learners

butterfat

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Definition of butterfat for English Language Learners

  • : the natural fat of milk from which butter is made


BUTTERFAT Defined for Kids

butterfat

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noun but·ter·fat \ˈbə-tər-ˌfat\

Definition of butterfat for Students

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


Medical Dictionary

butterfat

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noun but·ter·fat \-ˌfat\

Medical Definition of butterfat

  1. :  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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