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

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Cook 30 seconds on one side, then tilt the pan and pull back quickly to flip eggs (or use spatula to flip egg in pan) without breaking the yolk. Jennifer Mcclellan, azcentral, "Easter brunch: Egg recipes from Scramble restaurant are easy, filling and feed a crowd," 27 Mar. 2018 In a bowl, whisk the egg white and yolks with 2 tablespoons water, 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1/2 teaspoon pepper; mix in the chips. Woman's Day, "Mexican Scrambled Eggs," 30 Sep. 2015 The egg yolks are added, stirred in, and cooked for two minutes. Marley Marius, Vogue, "7 Alternative Thanksgiving Desserts from the Vogue Archive," 16 Nov. 2018 Keto dieters tend to gravitate the most towards bacon, coconut oil, and egg yolks to meet your high fat intake while keeping protein intake moderate. Kimberly Mugler, Rd, Ldn, Philly.com, "A dietitian weighs in on the Ketogenic diet for weight loss," 13 Mar. 2018 Egg yolks, cheese, and beef liver contain smaller amounts, and mushrooms that have been exposed to UV light will offer trace amounts of the nutrient. Amy Capetta, Woman's Day, "What Is Vitamin D Good For Anyway?," 19 Oct. 2018 Fry until the yolks are runny or firm, your choice. Jennifer Rude Klett, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Table for 1: For solo diners, cooking at home offers many perks," 12 July 2018 Poach eggs until whites are set and yolks are still runny, about 3 minutes. Seamus Mullen, Bon Appetit, "Poached Eggs in Chicken Broth with Mixed Vegetables," 25 June 2018 Partially cover pan and poach until white is firm (not runny) and yolk is opaque, 3½ to 4½ minutes. Country Living, "Scrambled, Poached, or Hard Boiled, Here's How to Make the Perfect Egg Every Time," 8 Mar. 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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yolk

noun

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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