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[buht-er-fat] /ˈbʌt ərˌfæt/
butter; milk fat; a mixture of glycerides, mainly butyrin, olein, and palmitin.
1885-90; butter + fat Unabridged
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Examples from the web for butterfat
  • It's an indulgence that will, one hopes, never be banned despite concerns about butterfat.
  • Due to the small population of the lower butterfat milk samples, comparisons of results by butterfat content is limited.
  • We strive for a high quality milk, rich in butterfat and protein.
  • Blend prices pertain to a specified butterfat content and location within an order area.
  • butterfat testing was also carried out on each milk yield recording day.
British Dictionary definitions for butterfat


the fatty substance of milk from which butter is made, consisting of a mixture of glycerides, mainly butyrin, olein, and palmitin
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Encyclopedia Article for butterfat

natural fatty constituent of cows' milk and the chief component of butter. Clear butterfat rises to the top of melted butter and may be poured off, leaving the albuminous curd and water that favour the growth of organisms promoting rancidity; thus, anhydrous butterfat does not become rancid as readily as butter and can be stored unrefrigerated for several months. Butterfat is used in cooking and as a component in special dishes

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