whey

noun
\ ˈ(h)wā How to pronounce whey (audio) \

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 \ ˈ(h)wā-​ˌlīk How to pronounce wheylike (audio) \ adjective

Examples of whey in a Sentence

The curd has separated from the whey.
Recent Examples on the Web That price is set based on a number of factors, including the prices of butter, cheese, nonfat dry milk and dry whey. Danielle Wiener-bronner, CNN, "Milk 2.0: How the dairy industry plans to save milk," 10 Jan. 2020 Residents there will take one-minute showers and subsist on a regimen of cheese, whey shakes, and almost constant exercise. Aaron Timms, The New Republic, "Privacy Policy," 27 Jan. 2020 And a chocolate molten cake spiked with canela (Mexican cinnamon) and chile that is so molten it’s basically pudding, served with a salted orange-whey ice cream. David Tamarkin, Bon Appétit, "Running a Restaurant Is Hard, Chef Partnerships Are Even Harder. Can Onda Get It Right?," 29 Oct. 2019 Manufacturers, Cook’s says, often use a spinner to separate the whey. Becky Krystal, Washington Post, "Grab a spoon. It’s time to make sense of the yogurt aisle.," 16 Sep. 2019 They are also hurt by products that imitate real milk and cheese — often made with imported dairy components, like powdered milk or whey. jsonline.com, "Robotic milking in Canada, struggling farmers in Mexico: How Wisconsin’s trading partners are weathering the dairy crisis," 18 Oct. 2019 Kashk is the Farsi word for whey, and bademjun is the Farsi word for eggplant. Robin Mather, chicagotribune.com, "Middle Eastern dips and spreads to bump hummus off your summer menu," 26 July 2019 The United States is by far China's largest supplier of whey, which is an important ingredient in piglet feed and difficult to source in large volumes from elsewhere. NBC News, "Trump delays tariff hike on some Chinese goods by two weeks," 12 Sep. 2019 Products covered by Wednesday’s exemptions include lubricants, insecticides and whey and fish meal for animal feed. Washington Post, "China keeps penalties on US pork, soy, eases some others," 12 Sep. 2019

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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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The first known use of whey was before the 12th century

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17 Feb 2020

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“Whey.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/whey. Accessed 24 Feb. 2020.

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More Definitions for whey

whey

noun
How to pronounce whey (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of whey

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

whey

noun
\ ˈhwā How to pronounce whey (audio) , ˈwā \

Kids Definition of whey

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

whey

noun
\ ˈhwā How to pronounce whey (audio) , ˈwā How to pronounce whey (audio) \

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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