yolk

noun

ˈyōk How to pronounce yolk (audio)
(in cultivated speech especially Southern US) ˈyelk,
 also  ˈyōlk,
ˈyȯlk,
ˈyälk,
ˈyəlk
variants or less commonly yoke
1
a
: 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
yolked
ˈyōkt How to pronounce yolk (audio)
ˈyelkt
 (in cultivated speech, especially Southern US) 
 also  ˈyōlkt
ˈyȯlkt
ˈyälkt
ˈyəlkt
adjective
yolky
ˈyō-kē How to pronounce yolk (audio)
(in cultivated speech, especially Southern US) ˈyel-
 also  ˈyōl-
ˈyȯl-
ˈyäl-
ˈyəl-
adjective

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web By the time the boat passed the crowd, it would have been spattered with bright orange yolk, plus at least one very bright spot of red. New York Times, 29 July 2022 Kingfisher’s beef tartare is a spicy and beautifully presented appetizer with rice crackers, toasted quinoa, pickled ramps, crispy shallots, chilies, cured egg yolk, lettuces and herbs (Golden Hill). Pam Kragen Dec. 23, San Diego Union-Tribune, 23 Dec. 2022 In a large food processor, combine flour, milk, egg, egg yolk, salt, yeast mixture, and remaining 2 tablespoons sugar. Bhg Test Kitchen, Better Homes & Gardens, 28 Nov. 2022 And the cabbage was perfectly grilled — with lots of butter — and decorated with shredded egg yolk that resembled blossoms. Jeanine Barone, Forbes, 29 Dec. 2022 Add egg, egg yolk, and vanilla, whisking until combined. Morgan Hines, USA TODAY, 13 Dec. 2022 Scrape down sides of the bowl, add the whole egg, egg yolk and vanilla and beat again until smooth. cleveland, 21 Nov. 2022 Ravioli and uvo, a ravioli with egg yolk in it, sometimes a duck egg. Kristine M. Kierzek, Journal Sentinel, 25 July 2022 Tsukune, ground chicken formed in the shape of a drumstick and served with an egg yolk for dipping, is exceptional. Los Angeles Times, 9 June 2022 See More

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Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

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

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

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Cite this Entry

“Yolk.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/yolk. Accessed 5 Feb. 2023.

Kids Definition

yolk

noun
ˈyōk How to pronounce yolk (audio)
ˈyelk,
 also  ˈyōlk
1
: the yellow inner mass of stored food in the egg of a bird or reptile
2
: the material stored in an animal ovum that supplies food material to the developing embryo

Medical Definition

yolk

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

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