curd

[kurd]
noun
1.
Often, curds. a substance consisting mainly of casein and the like, obtained from milk by coagulation, and used as food or made into cheese.
2.
any substance resembling this.
3.
Also called curd cheese. Chiefly Northeastern and Southern U.S. cottage cheese.
4.
the edible flower heads of cauliflower, broccoli, and similar plants.
verb (used with object), verb (used without object)
5.
to turn into curd; coagulate; congeal.

Origin:
1325–75; Middle English curden (v.), variant of crudden to crud, congeal; see crowd1

uncurd, verb (used with object)


3. See cottage cheese.
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curd (kɜːd)
 
n
1.  (often plural) a substance formed from the coagulation of milk by acid or rennet, used in making cheese or eaten as a food
2.  something similar in consistency
 
vb
3.  to turn into or become curd
 
[C15: from earlier crud, of unknown origin]
 
'curdy
 
adj
 
'curdiness
 
n

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curd
16c. metathesis of crud (mid-14c.), originally "any coagulated substance," probably from O.E. crudan "to press, drive," from PIE base *greut- "to press, coagulate," perhaps via ancestor of Gael. gruth (since cognates are unknown in other Germanic or Romance languages).
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Example sentences
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.
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