\ 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

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Unique to the yolk is vitamin D, an essential nutrient for healthy bones. Darlene Zimmerman, Detroit Free Press, "Eggs: What you need to know about size, color and type," 22 Apr. 2018 White chocolate raspberry crème brûlée Serves 8 2 cups heavy cream 6 ounces raspberries 1 vanilla bean, split ½ teaspoon salt 10 egg yolks¼ cup sugar ½ cup Monin white chocolate syrup Preheat oven to 250 degrees (low fan). Nancy Miller, The Courier-Journal, "Try this white chocolate crème brûlée recipe from Le Moo," 27 Mar. 2018 Separate egg whites from yolks and pour egg whites into blender. Molly Kimball, NOLA.com, "How to make Starbucks-inspired egg bites at home," 27 Feb. 2018 Whisking your eggs so that the whites are completely incorporated into the yolks will give your sauce a more uniform texture. Alex Delany, Bon Appetit, "How to Make Perfect Carbonara: Mistakes to Avoid," 19 Feb. 2018 Gradually pour the hot-milk mixture into the yolks while whisking constantly. Daniel Boulud, ELLE Decor, "Daniel Boulud's Homemade Sorbet and Ice Cream," 29 May 2012 Meanwhile, whisk together the egg yolks, pumpkin, spices, sugar and salt until smooth. Town & Country, "Not Your Average Pumpkin Pie," 22 Sep. 2014 Beat in reserved egg yolks and remaining 2 whole eggs one at a time. The Good Housekeeping Test Kitchen, Good Housekeeping, "Strawberry Coconut-Crust Cheesecake," 11 Mar. 2019 Combine egg yolks and cold water, and add to dry ingredients. Bethany Jean Clement, The Seattle Times, "How to make the best banana cream pie ever," 4 Dec. 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of yolk

: the yellow part in the center of an egg


\ 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


\ 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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