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[kurd] /kɜrd/
Often, curds. a substance consisting mainly of casein and the like, obtained from milk by coagulation, and used as food or made into cheese.
any substance resembling this.
Also called curd cheese. Chiefly Northeastern and Southern U.S. cottage cheese.
the edible flower heads of cauliflower, broccoli, and similar plants.
verb (used with object), verb (used without object)
to turn into curd; coagulate; congeal.
Origin of curd
1325-75; Middle English curden (v.), variant of crudden to crud, congeal; see crowd1
Related forms
uncurd, verb (used with object)
Regional variation note Unabridged
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Examples from the web for curd
  • Try the curd cheese soufflé on rose petals and medlar fruit.
  • The specialty here is fresh soybean curd, made daily at the restaurant.
  • When supplies ran out, some consumers turned to soy sauce and fermented bean curd, because of their saltiness.
  • Details can be found at the milk marketing board's curd site.
  • Lunch and dinner specials such as steamed bean curd with shrimp and chicken are accompanied with soup and rice.
  • For dessert, the selection includes the apple cream cheese tart, the cranberry curd tart and the coconut custard pie.
  • For entrees the restaurant serves teriyaki, available with your choice of meat, bean curd or vegetables.
  • Vegetarian items such as broccoli with garlic sauce, bean curd and garlic string beans are also available.
  • Berry jam and lemon curd fill this easy butter cake.
  • But wait, here's what will really put curd on your cheese.
British Dictionary definitions for curd


(often pl) a substance formed from the coagulation of milk by acid or rennet, used in making cheese or eaten as a food
something similar in consistency
to turn into or become curd
Derived Forms
curdy, adjective
curdiness, noun
Word Origin
C15: from earlier crud, of unknown origin
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Word Origin and History for curd

c.1500, metathesis of crud (late 14c.), originally "any coagulated substance," probably from Old English crudan "to press, drive," from PIE root *greut- "to press, coagulate," perhaps via ancestor of Gaelic gruth (because cognates are unknown in other Germanic or Romance languages).

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