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Wednesday, February 12, 2014

albumen

\al-BYOO-muhn\ , noun;
1.
the white of an egg.
2.
Botany. the nutritive matter around the embryo in a seed.
Quotes:
Tannic acid hardens albumen into a leathery substance of which the most courageous stomach is rightfully suspicious…
-- Myrtle Reed, The Myrtle Reed Cookbook, 1916
Don't overbeat the eggs, as an overbeaten albumen results in a less-than-perfect texture.
-- Craig Boreth, The Hemingway Cookbook, 1998
Origin:
Albumen comes from the Latin word for "white," albus. It entered English around 1600.
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