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buttermilk

[buht-er-milk] /ˈbʌt ərˌmɪlk/
noun
1.
the more or less acidulous liquid remaining after butter has been separated from milk or cream.
2.
a similar liquid made from whole or skim milk with the addition of a bacterial culture.
Origin of buttermilk
1520-1530
1520-30; butter + milk
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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

buttermilk

/ˈbʌtəˌmɪlk/
noun
1.
the sourish liquid remaining after the butter has been separated from milk, often used for making scones and soda bread
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Word Origin and History for buttermilk
n.

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

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