whey

noun
\ˈhwā, ˈwā\

Definition of whey 

: the watery part of milk that is separated from the coagulable part or curd especially in the process of making cheese and that is rich in lactose, minerals, and vitamins and contains lactalbumin and traces of fat

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Other Words from whey

wheylike \ˈhwā-ˌlīk, ˈwā- \ adjective

Examples of whey in a Sentence

The curd has separated from the whey.

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Researchers know human milk contains two types of simple proteins, whey and casein, which are easily digested. Steven Townsend, Philly.com, "How mother's milk shapes baby's microbiome - and overall health," 9 May 2018 From the the first page of this book, you’ll be fascinated by how much milk, and its relatives like cheese, whey, and ice cream, have infiltrated our lives over thousands of years. Elaheh Nozari, Bon Appetit, "8 Non-Cookbook Food Books to Read This Summer," 11 June 2018 Then the cheese makers drain the whey and wash the curds three times. Kim Severson, New York Times, "Is America Ready to Love Cottage Cheese Again?," 26 June 2018 Another time, the kitchen substituted prawns for the crab, which the waiter encircled with a frothy foam of yogurt whey. Michael Bauer, SFChronicle.com, "Atelier Crenn: SF’s newest 4-star restaurant," 29 June 2018 Save the whey and use in smoothies, blend with fruit for frozen pops or include in sauces. Caron Golden, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Yogurt: Purely homemade," 25 June 2018 For comparison: Humans currently consume some 8.8 billion pounds of whey powder a year. Carl Engelking, Discover Magazine, "A New Animal Farm," 12 June 2018 This table is used to allow molded cheese products to drain off whey. David J. Neal, miamiherald, "Deadly listeria and a filthy factory shut down this cheese maker by court order | Miami Herald," 2 Apr. 2018 Some employees at the facility failed to wash their lower or upper arms prior to submerging them in liquid whey to stir and break up cheese curds during the production process, the court filing charged. Kevin Mccoy, USA TODAY, "Federal court shuts NY cheese facility linked to Listeria outbreak that killed two," 3 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of whey

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for whey

Middle English, from Old English hwæg; akin to Middle Dutch wey whey

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whey

noun

English Language Learners Definition of whey

: the watery part of milk that forms after the milk becomes thick and sour

whey

noun
\ˈhwā, ˈwā\

Kids Definition of whey

: the watery part that separates from the curd after milk sours and thickens

whey

noun
\ˈhwā, ˈwā \

Medical Definition of whey 

: the serum or watery part of milk that is separated from the coagulable part or curd especially in the process of making cheese and that is rich in lactose, minerals, and vitamins and contains lactalbumin and traces of fat

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