yolk

noun
\ ˈyōk How to pronounce yolk (audio) , ˈyelk (in cultivated speech especially Southern US) also ˈyōlk, ˈyȯlk, ˈyälk, ˈyəlk \
variants: or less commonly yoke \ ˈyōk How to pronounce yoke (audio) \

Definition of yolk

1a : the yellow spheroidal mass of stored food that forms the inner portion of the egg of a bird or reptile and is surrounded by the white — see egg illustration
b archaic : the whole contents of an animal ovum consisting of a protoplasmic formative portion and an inert nutritive portion
c : material stored in an animal ovum that supplies food to the developing embryo and consists chiefly of proteins, lecithin, and cholesterol
2 [akin to Middle Dutch ieke yolk (of wool), Old English ēowu ewe] : oily material in unprocessed sheep wool consisting of wool fat, suint, and debris

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Other Words from yolk

yolked \ ˈyōkt How to pronounce yolked (audio) , ˈyelkt , (in cultivated speech, especially Southern US)  also  ˈyōlkt , ˈyȯlkt , ˈyälkt , ˈyəlkt \ adjective
yolky \ ˈyō-​kē How to pronounce yolky (audio) , ˈyel-​ (in cultivated speech, especially Southern US) also  ˈyōl-​ , ˈyȯl-​ , ˈyäl-​ , ˈyəl-​ \ adjective

Examples of yolk in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web There’s no runny yolk; the eggs are cooked through perfectly every time. Nick Kindelsperger, chicagotribune.com, "The 25 best pizzas in Chicago — from scrappy newcomers to beloved classics," 7 Oct. 2020 The egg yolk lends a saltiness to the sweet filling. Washington Post, "Perspective | Every fall, I celebrate the Moon Festival with mooncakes. This year, I’m ordering them online.," 18 Sep. 2020 There’s grilled lemongrass chicken and caramel shrimp and barbecue pork and duck confit spring rolls — but one of the most aesthetically pleasing parts is the sunny side egg with a vivid orange yolk. Janelle Bitker, SFChronicle.com, "Thrilling new S.F. Vietnamese restaurant brings a playful spin on classics like rice porridge," 1 Oct. 2020 Top with some horseradish cream and a quail egg yolk, if using. Betsy Andrews, WSJ, "How to Bring the Cookout Inside," 28 Sep. 2020 The Georgian cheese bread, a menu favorite, includes melted cheese topped with a runny egg yolk. Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, "Popular downtown Birmingham restaurant refocusing its menu on fresh seafood," 23 Sep. 2020 The older generation likes the classic kinds with egg yolk, said Christina Liu, from HL Peninsula, which started selling them online this year. Washington Post, "Perspective | Every fall, I celebrate the Moon Festival with mooncakes. This year, I’m ordering them online.," 18 Sep. 2020 Add the eggs and yolk, one at a time, mixing for about 20 seconds after reach addition. cleveland, "‘Friends: The Official Cookbook’ is there for you with the Moist Maker, 'secret’ chocolate chip cookies and Oh. My. Gawd. pancakes," 15 Sep. 2020 Place 1 cornichon at one end of each yolk, creating a stem. Marian Cooper Cairns, Country Living, "Smokey Pumpkin Deviled Eggs," 7 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of yolk

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for yolk

Middle English yolke, from Old English geoloca, from geolu yellow — more at yellow

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

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17 Oct 2020

Cite this Entry

“Yolk.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/yolk. Accessed 22 Oct. 2020.

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More Definitions for yolk

yolk

noun
How to pronounce yolk (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of yolk

: the yellow part in the center of an egg

yolk

noun
\ ˈyōk How to pronounce yolk (audio) \

Kids Definition of yolk

: the yellow inner part of the egg of a bird or reptile containing stored food material for the developing young

yolk

noun
\ ˈyōk How to pronounce yolk (audio) \

Medical Definition of yolk

: material stored in an ovum that supplies food to the developing embryo and consists chiefly of proteins, lecithin, and cholesterol

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