yolk

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

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

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Make a well in the center and dump your egg yolk and milk. Emma Wartzman, Bon Appetit, "This Salted Caramel-Chocolate Tart Tastes Like a Sophisticated Milk Dud," 28 Feb. 2018 Meanwhile, beat egg yolks with an electric mixer on medium speed until combined. Kate Merker And Taylor Murray, Country Living, "Gingerbread Eggnog," 11 Dec. 2018 In a medium bowl, combine sugar, salt, nutmeg, vanilla, and yolks. Gabriella Gershenson, WSJ, "Is Boston Cream Pie the World’s Most Delicious...Cake?," 9 Nov. 2018 In a small bowl, combine remaining egg yolk with 1 teaspoon water and beat lightly. Melissa Clark, The Seattle Times, "This French plum tart is a bit on the shy side," 11 Sep. 2018 Same goes for a pile of ruddy, funky, life-affirming lamb tartare showered in Parmesan and violet chive blossoms with sweet curls of Asian pear, a soy-mirin-sugar confit egg yolk lurking in its midst waiting to disperse its rich unctuousness. Mike Sula, Chicago Reader, "Andersonville’s Passerotto is a tale of two peninsulas," 21 June 2018 Whisk egg yolks with sugar, then add flour and whisk until smooth. Bethany Jean Clement, The Seattle Times, "How to make the best banana cream pie ever," 4 Dec. 2018 In a food processor, combine the egg yolks, lemon juice, and garlic and process until well blended. Michaela Bechler, Vogue, "Be Ambitious This Thanksgiving: 3 Bold Recipes From One of L.A.’s Most Talked About Restaurants," 2 Nov. 2018 Focus on the Omega-3 foods: salmon, walnuts, flaxseed, egg yolks, etc. Adam Hurly, GQ, "How to Fix Your Dehydrated Skin," 3 July 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 \

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 \

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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