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curd

[kurd] /kɜrd/
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
1325-1375
1325-75; Middle English curden (v.), variant of crudden to crud, congeal; see crowd1
Related forms
uncurd, verb (used with object)
Regional variation note
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Examples from the web for curds
  • Workers prepare the soy curds in molds to be pressed to release excess water.
  • Samples are always available, with fresh curds usually ready to eat at midmorning.
  • If you want to eat some cheese while on the road, cheese curds make an easy snack to enjoy.
  • When mixed with chemicals, latex creates solid rubber blobs, called curds.
  • She was stooped over a sieve and pail as the cook poured soured milk into a cheesecloth to catch the curds.
  • Once beaten, it will cook within seconds of hitting the pan and you won't have time to stir it to form those large curds.
  • The same threshold applies to broccoli and cauliflower once flowers or curds begin to develop.
  • Cheese is salted by spreading salt on the curds or dipping cheese blocks in salt brine tanks.
  • Pressing involves confining the wet, warm curds in a form or cloth bag.
  • The milk is normally pasteurized by open flame in the stores then marketed as milk, butter, curds or yogurt.
British Dictionary definitions for curds

curd

/kɜːd/
noun
1.
(often pl) 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
verb
3.
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 curds

curd

n.

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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