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 European butter is typically churned longer and has a higher butterfat content compared to its American counterpart. Washington Post, 1 Dec. 2021 The mold gives Roquefort a sharp tang that livens up the high-butterfat creaminess of the sheep’s milk. Joshua Levine, Smithsonian Magazine, 20 Nov. 2021 Ghee is butter that has been heated and clarified—that is, had its milk solids and water removed to produce pure butterfat. Jane Black, WSJ, 21 Sep. 2021 Melting causes the milk solids and water in butter to separate from the butterfat. Washington Post, 23 Apr. 2021 By increasing the palmitic acids in cattle feed, dairy farmers would be able to change the mix in their cows’ milk, increasing butterfat without increasing the overall quantity of milk. Karen Ho, Quartz, 4 Mar. 2021 The route winds through the Hocking Hills, graced with waterfalls and towering hemlocks, and passes through the farms of Amish country rich in buggies, bonnets and butterfat. Andrew Nelson, WSJ, 2 July 2021 Buffalo milk is 8 percent butterfat, compared to 3 to 5 percent for most cows. Meghan Overdeep, Southern Living, 9 June 2021 This specific livestock feed supplement, which is federally approved for use in Canada, helps increase the output of the fatty portion of milk, known as butterfat. Karen Ho, Quartz, 4 Mar. 2021 See More

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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 22 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for butterfat

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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