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  1. (of a domestic animal) yielding milk; kept or suitable for milk production.

Origin of milch

1250–1300; Middle English milche; compare Old English -milce (in thrimilce the month of May, i.e., the month when cows could be milked thrice a day); see milk
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  • There were the hog-pens, the chicken-houses; the sheds for milch cows.

    The Golden Woman

    Ridgwell Cullum

  • “Belfast will be the milch cow of the Dublin Parliament,” said Cahoon.

    The Red Hand of Ulster

    George A. Birmingham

  • The beauty of a milch cow is the result of her good qualities.

  • Milch goats were not to be had, but the chief of the place sent a present of food.

    From Pole to Pole</p>

    Sven Anders Hedin

  • There is about the same number of milch cows in New York and Wisconsin.

    The Book of Cheese</p>

    Charles Thom and Walter Warner Fisk

British Dictionary definitions for milch


  1. (modifier) (esp of cattle) yielding milk
  2. milch cow informal a source of easy income, esp a person

Word Origin

C13: from Old English -milce (in compounds); related to Old English melcan to milk
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Word Origin and History for milch


"giving milk," from Old English -milce "milking," from West Germanic *melik- "milk" (see milk (n)).

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