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an opaque white or bluish-white liquid secreted by the mammary glands of female mammals, serving for the nourishment of their young.
this liquid as secreted by cows, goats, or certain other animals and used by humans for food or as a source of butter, cheeses, yogurt, etc.
any liquid resembling this, as the liquid within a coconut, the juice or sap of certain plants, or various pharmaceutical preparations.
verb (used with object)
to press or draw milk from the udder or breast of.
to extract something from as if by milking.
to get something from; exploit: The swindler milked her of all her savings.
to extract; draw out: He's good at milking laughs from the audience.
verb (used without object)
to yield milk, as a cow.
to milk a cow or other mammal.
cry over spilled milk, to lament what cannot be changed or corrected; express sorrow for past actions or events: Crying over spilled milk will do you no good now.

before 900; Middle English; Old English meol(o)c, (Anglian) milc; cognate with German Milch, Old Norse mjōlk, Gothic miluks; akin to Latin mulgēre, Greek amélgein to milk

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milk (mɪlk)
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]

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Word Origin & History

O.E. meoluc (W.Saxon), milc (Anglian), both related to melcan "to milk." The noun is from P.Gmc. *meluk- (cf. O.N. mjolk, Du. melk, Ger. Milch, Goth. miluks); the verb is from P.Gmc. *melkanan (cf. O.N. mjolka, Du., Ger. melken); both from PIE base *melg- "wiping, stroking," in ref. to the hand motion
in milking an animal (cf. Gk. amelgein, L. mulgere, O.C.S. mlesti, Lith. melzu "to milk," O.Ir. melg "milk," Skt. marjati "wipes off"). O.C.S. noun meleko (Rus. moloko, Czech mleko) is considered to be adopted from Germanic. Figurative verbal sense of "exploit for profit" is first found 1526. Milkmaid first attested 1552; milkman "one who sells milk" is recorded from 1589. Milk chocolate is first recorded 1723; milk shake is first recorded 1889, for a variety of creations, but the modern version is only from the 1930s. Milk tooth is attested from 1727. To cry over spilt milk is first attested 1836 in writing of Canadian humorist Thomas C. Haliburton. Milk and honey is from the O.T. phrase describing the richness of the Promised Land.
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Medical Dictionary

milk (mĭlk)

  1. 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.

  2. The milk of cows, goats, or other animals, used as food by humans.

  3. A liquid, such as coconut milk, milkweed sap, plant latex, or various medical emulsions, that is similar to milk in appearance.

v. milked, milk·ing, milks
  1. To draw milk from the teat or udder of a female mammal.

  2. To press out, drain off, or remove by or as if by milking; strip.

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Science Dictionary
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.
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Milk definition

(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).

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