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

Other Words from whey

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

Examples of whey in a Sentence

The curd has separated from the whey.
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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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/whey. Accessed 21 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for whey

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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