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milk

noun \ ˈmilk \
Updated on: 27 May 2018
1 a : a fluid secreted by the mammary glands of females for the nourishment of their young
b (1) : milk from an animal and especially a cow used as food by people
(2) : a food product produced from seeds or fruit that resembles and is used similarly to cow's milk
  • coconut milk
  • soy milk
2 : a liquid resembling milk in appearance: such as
a : the latex of a plant
b : the contents of an unripe kernel of grain
3 : lactation
  • cows in milk

Examples of milk in a Sentence

  1. cheese made from sheep's milk

  2. a glass of low-fat milk

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Origin and Etymology of milk

Middle English, from Old English meolc, milc; akin to Old High German miluh milk, Old English melcan to milk — more at emulsion

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milk

verb
1 a (1) : to draw milk from the breasts or udder of
(2) obsolete : suckle 2
b : to draw (milk) from the breast or udder
c : suckle 1 used of domestic animals
2 : to draw something from as if by milking: such as
a : to induce (a snake) to eject venom
b : to draw or coerce profit or advantage from illicitly or to an extreme degree : exploit
  • milk the joke for all it's worth
: to draw or yield milk

Examples of milk in a Sentence

  1. greedy landlords milking their tenants of all their money

  2. unscrupulous people trying to milk the welfare system for all it's worth

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First Known Use of milk

before 12th century

in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a(1)

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milk

adjective
: giving milk; specifically : bred or suitable primarily for milk production
  • milk cows

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First Known Use of milk

14th century

in the meaning defined above

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Other Animal Husbandry Terms


Milk

geographical name \ ˈmilk \
river 625 miles (1006 kilometers) long in the Canadian province of Alberta and the U.S. state of Montana; flows southeast into the Missouri River


MILK Defined for English Language Learners

milk

  • : a white liquid produced by a woman to feed her baby or by female animals to feed their young; especially : milk from cows or goats that is used as food by people

  • : a white liquid produced by a plant


milk

  • : to get milk from (an animal)

  • : to use (something or someone) in a way that helps you unfairly


MILK Defined for Kids

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milk

noun \ ˈmilk \
1 : a whitish liquid produced and given off by the breasts or udder of a female mammal as food for her young
2 : milk from an animal and especially a cow used as food by people
3 : a liquid that looks like milk
  • coconut milk

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milk

verb
milked; milking
: to draw milk from (as by pressing)
  • milk a cow

Medical Dictionary

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milk

noun \ ˈmilk \
1 a : a fluid secreted by the mammary glands of females for the nourishment of their young
b (1) : milk from an animal and especially a cow used as food by people
(2) : a food product produced from seeds or fruit that resembles and is used similarly to cow's milk
  • coconut milk
  • soy milk
2 : lactation 2
  • cows in milk

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milk

transitive verb
1 a : to draw milk from the breasts or udder of
b : to draw (milk) from the breast or udder
2 : to induce (a snake) to eject venom
: to draw or yield milk


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