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clabber

[klab-er] /ˈklæb ər/ South Midland and Southern U.S.
noun
1.
milk that has soured and thickened; curdled milk.
verb (used without object)
2.
(of milk) to curdle; to become thick in souring.
Also, clobber.
Origin of clabber
1625-1635
1625-35; < Irish clabar short for bainne clabair bonnyclabber
Regional variation note
Clabber has many regional variations, including bonnyclabber and its variant bonnyclapper in the Northern and Midland U.S., thick milk in the Hudson River Valley and North Midland U.S., lobber and its variant lobbered milk in the Inland North, clobber in the South Midland and Southern U.S., and crud in some widely scattered areas.
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n.

"mud," 1824, from Irish and Gaelic clabar "mud." Also often short for bonnyclabber.

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