a kind of liquid butter, used especially in the cooking of India, made from the milk of cows or buffaloes and clarified by boiling.

1655–65; < Hindi ghī Unabridged
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ghee (ɡiː)
butter, clarified by boiling, used in Indian cookery
[C17: from Hindi ghī, from Sanskrit ghri sprinkle]

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clarified butter, a staple food on the Indian subcontinent. As a cooking oil, ghee is the most widely used food in India, apart from wheat and rice.

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Example sentences
During the marinating process, the royal chefs placed a hot coal in a small bowl and poured a few tablespoons of ghee on top.
Traditionally churned from yogurt, ghee is a type of clarified butter or butter without milk solids or water.
Add the ghee or oil, and when it is hot, add the cauliflower.
Income comes from sale of livestock: milk is seldom sold, although some may be converted into ghee for the market.
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