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[buht-er-milk] /ˈbʌt ərˌmɪlk/
the more or less acidulous liquid remaining after butter has been separated from milk or cream.
a similar liquid made from whole or skim milk with the addition of a bacterial culture.
Origin of buttermilk
First recorded in 1520-30; butter + milk Unabridged
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  • Dinner was over, but some corn-bread and buttermilk was furnished.

    Capturing a Locomotive William Pittenger
  • Combine eggs and sour milk (or buttermilk) and add to the flour mixture.

  • Maw'll have to feed him up with buttermilk and put drops into his coffee.

  • I should have starved had not a kind woman, a neighbour, brought me in some potatoes and buttermilk.

    Old Jack W.H.G. Kingston
  • A little black girl brought us some buttermilk—good, tasted like home.

    An Artilleryman's Diary Jenkin Lloyd Jones
British Dictionary definitions for buttermilk


the sourish liquid remaining after the butter has been separated from milk, often used for making scones and soda bread
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for buttermilk

1520s, from butter (n.) + milk (n.). Cf. German Buttermilch. It is what remains after the butter has been churned out.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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