whey

noun
\ ˈhwā How to pronounce whey (audio) , 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 How to pronounce wheylike (audio) , ˈwā-​ \ adjective

Examples of whey in a Sentence

The curd has separated from the whey.

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Engineers at Aston Martin had discovered that their cars could run on surplus English white wine (albeit mixed with a whey). Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Prince Charles Has a Car That Runs on Wine," 9 Nov. 2018 That’s largely in the form of milk proteins and whey used as ingredients in other foods — from sports drinks to confections to yogurt — as well as cheese and some butter. Benjamin Romano, The Seattle Times, "Darigold aims to sell more than half of its dairy output abroad despite trade spat," 20 Aug. 2018 Ancient lipids still cling to the ceramic sieves once used to strain liquid whey from the more solid milk curds. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "Early cheese making may have helped lactose-intolerant farmers spread," 14 Sep. 2018 Lunch is a turkey sandwich or smoothie made with yogurt, blueberries, banana, avocado and whey protein. Jen Murphy, WSJ, "A Pilot’s Best Job Perk: His Bike Flies Free," 28 July 2018 This dish was inspired by Rolf and Daughters in Nashville, where chef Philip Krajeck makes a fermented pasta cloaked in a tangy whey and butter sauce. Molly Baz, Bon Appetit, "4 Weeknight Dinner Recipes for When Your Fridge Is Overflowing with Produce," 25 June 2018 The process of fermenting milk into cheese also reduces its lactose content, because much of it drains away with the liquid whey. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "Early cheese making may have helped lactose-intolerant farmers spread," 14 Sep. 2018 The Mexican tariffs affect as much as $578 million in U.S. dairy goods, while China’s duties could hit $408 million of cheese, whey and other products, according to U.S. Chamber of Commerce data. Heather Haddon, WSJ, "Take Our Cheese, Please: American Cheese Makers Suffer Under New Tariffs," 5 July 2018 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

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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 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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