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
wheylikeplay \ˈhwā-ˌlīk, ˈwā-\ adjective
Examples of whey in a Sentence
The curd has separated from the whey.
Recent Examples of whey from the Web
The state ranks second in the nation for exports of cheese and whey, and first for exports of cranberries, sweet corn, ginseng, bovine genetics and raw fur skins.
Once curds have drained, remove them with a strainer and add to the whey on the stove.
Today, butter is undergoing an artisanal renaissance akin to chocolate or coffee, with handmade sheep’s butter or hard-to-find whey butter joining the standard stick of sweet cream at the table.
The Idaho Conservation League had questioned whether dumping there violated Idaho waste-disposal and groundwater-protection regulations, and whether cattle should be eating the whey byproduct.
A popular whey protein powder contains 24 grams per scoop.
Inspection clears waste pond for Sorrento wheyThe owner of an Owyhee County feedlot’s dirt pit will stop storing whey byproduct from the Sorrento Lactalis cheese plant in Nampa.
Inspection clears waste pond for Sorrento whey The owner of an Owyhee County feedlot’s dirt pit will stop storing whey byproduct from the Sorrento Lactalis cheese plant in Nampa.
Fruit juice is mixed with soy and whey protein, but soy lecithin pulled this lower on the nutritional scale.
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Origin and Etymology of whey
Middle English, from Old English hwæg; akin to Middle Dutch wey whey
First Known Use: before 12th centurySee Words from the same year
WHEY Defined for English Language Learners
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
Definition of whey for Students
: the watery part that separates from the curd after milk sours and thickens
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