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[kurd] /kɜrd/
Often, curds. a substance consisting mainly of casein and the like, obtained from milk by coagulation, and used as food or made into cheese.
any substance resembling this.
Also called curd cheese. Chiefly Northeastern and Southern U.S. cottage cheese.
the edible flower heads of cauliflower, broccoli, and similar plants.
verb (used with or without object)
to turn into curd; coagulate; congeal.
Origin of curd
1325-75; Middle English curden (v.), variant of crudden to crud, congeal; see crowd1
Related forms
uncurd, verb (used with object)
Regional variation note
3. See cottage cheese. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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Examples from the Web for curds
Historical Examples
  • The ape breaks the cage to get at the curds and rice and lets the Sarika fly.

  • It is advisable to do this if there is any trouble with digestion, or if there are curds in the stools.

  • Now an ill deed, like milk, doth not change into curds,But it burneth the fool—a live coal 'neath the ashes.72.

    The Buddha's Path of Virtue Frank Lee Woodward
  • Milk, cream, curds, whey and cheese enriched the family table.

    Welsh Fairy Tales William Elliott Griffis
  • Have a care not to break the curds, nor ever to touch them with your hands, but only with your skimming dish.

  • These are the curds and whey that result, also, from the souring of milk.

  • Grettir was all covered with curds, and felt more disgusted than at any wound which Audun could have given him.

  • Anent the stirring of curds, use the hands as little as possible.

    Hints on Dairying T. D. Curtis
  • Boiled milk, curds, and buttermilk afford an excellent food.

    Domestic Animals Richard L. Allen
  • Carrier Steve and I ate a bowl of curds and whey and then we drove off.

    The Forest Farm Peter Rosegger
British Dictionary definitions for curds


(often pl) a substance formed from the coagulation of milk by acid or rennet, used in making cheese or eaten as a food
something similar in consistency
to turn into or become curd
Derived Forms
curdy, adjective
curdiness, noun
Word Origin
C15: from earlier crud, of unknown origin
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Word Origin and History for curds



c.1500, metathesis of crud (late 14c.), originally "any coagulated substance," probably from Old English crudan "to press, drive," from PIE root *greut- "to press, coagulate," perhaps via ancestor of Gaelic gruth (because cognates are unknown in other Germanic or Romance languages).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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