|1.||a. a whitish nutritious fluid produced and secreted by the mammary glands of mature female mammals and used for feeding their young until weaned|
|b. the milk of cows, goats, or other animals used by man as a food or in the production of butter, cheese, etcRelated: lacteal, lactic|
|2.||any similar fluid in plants, such as the juice of a coconut|
|3.||any of various milklike pharmaceutical preparations, such as milk of magnesia|
|4.||cry over spilt milk to lament something that cannot be altered|
|5.||to draw milk from the udder of (a cow, goat, or other animal)|
|6.||(intr) (of cows, goats, or other animals) to yield milk|
|7.||(tr) to draw off or tap in small quantities: to milk the petty cash|
|8.||(tr) to extract as much money, help, etc, as possible from: to milk a situation of its news value|
|9.||(tr) to extract venom, sap, etc, from|
|Related: lacteal, lactic|
|[Old English milc; compare Old Saxon miluk, Old High German miluh, Old Norse mjolk]|
A whitish liquid containing proteins, fats, lactose, and various vitamins and minerals that is produced by the mammary glands of all mature female mammals after they have given birth and serves as nourishment for their young.
The milk of cows, goats, or other animals, used as food by humans.
A liquid, such as coconut milk, milkweed sap, plant latex, or various medical emulsions, that is similar to milk in appearance.
To draw milk from the teat or udder of a female mammal.
To press out, drain off, or remove by or as if by milking; strip.
|milk (mĭlk) Pronunciation Key
A white liquid produced by the mammary glands of female mammals for feeding their young beginning immediately after birth. Milk is an emulsion of proteins, fats, vitamins, minerals, and sugars, especially lactose, in water. The proteins in milk contain all the essential amino acids.
(1.) Hebrew halabh, "new milk", milk in its fresh state (Judg. 4:19). It is frequently mentioned in connection with honey (Ex. 3:8; 13:5; Josh. 5:6; Isa. 7:15, 22; Jer. 11:5). Sheep (Deut. 32:14) and goats (Prov. 27:27) and camels (Gen. 32:15), as well as cows, are made to give their milk for the use of man. Milk is used figuratively as a sign of abundance (Gen. 49:12; Ezek. 25:4; Joel 3:18). It is also a symbol of the rudiments of doctrine (1 Cor. 3:2; Heb. 5:12, 13), and of the unadulterated word of God (1 Pet. 2:2). (2.) Heb. hem'ah, always rendered "butter" in the Authorized Version. It means "butter," but also more frequently "cream," or perhaps, as some think, "curdled milk," such as that which Abraham set before the angels (Gen. 18:8), and which Jael gave to Sisera (Judg. 5:25). In this state milk was used by travellers (2 Sam. 17:29). If kept long enough, it acquired a slightly intoxicating or soporific power. This Hebrew word is also sometimes used for milk in general (Deut. 32:14; Job 20:17).