whey

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noun \ˈhwā, ˈwā\

Definition of whey

  1. :  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

wheylike

play \ˈhwā-ˌlīk, ˈwā-\ adjective

Examples of whey in a Sentence

  1. The curd has separated from the whey.

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Origin and Etymology of whey

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


WHEY Defined for English Language Learners

whey

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noun

Definition of whey for English Language Learners

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


WHEY Defined for Kids

whey

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noun \ˈhwā, ˈwā\

Definition of whey for Students

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


Medical Dictionary

noun \ˈhwā, ˈwā\

Medical Definition of whey

  1. :  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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