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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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British Dictionary definitions for un curd

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 un curd

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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