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whey

[hwey, wey] /ʰweɪ, weɪ/
noun
1.
a milk serum, separating as liquid from the curd after coagulation, as in cheese making.
Origin of whey
900
before 900; Middle English wheye, Old English hwǣg; cognate with Dutch, Low German wei
Related forms
wheylike, adjective
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  • It is composed of three constituents—namely, butter, curd, and whey—each of which is also composed of a number of substances.

    The Stock-Feeder's Manual Charles Alexander Cameron
  • In these "leads" the whey is kept, and drawn off by pulling up a wooden plug.

    The Toilers of the Field Richard Jefferies
  • Let it boil once again; stand it off to cool, and strain the whey through a fine strainer or sieve.

    The National Cook Book, 9th ed. Hannah Mary Peterson
  • We drew the whey hours ago, and now we are just done putting the curd to press.

    The Octopus Frank Norris
  • Now the mass is raised clear of the whey, and run along a short track to the drain table, where it is put in the press.

    The Book of Cheese Charles Thom and Walter Warner Fisk
  • Pour off the whey from it, and it will be found an excellent and cooling drink.

British Dictionary definitions for whey

whey

/weɪ/
noun
1.
the watery liquid that separates from the curd when the milk is clotted, as in making cheese
Derived Forms
wheyey, wheyish, wheylike, adjective
Word Origin
Old English hwǣg; related to Middle Low German wei, heie, Dutch hui
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Word Origin and History for whey
n.

Old English hwæg "whey," from Proto-Germanic *khwaja- (cf. Middle Dutch wey, Dutch wei), of unknown origin.

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