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whey

[hwey, wey]
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noun
  1. a milk serum, separating as liquid from the curd after coagulation, as in cheese making.
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Origin of whey

before 900; Middle English wheye, Old English hwǣg; cognate with Dutch, Low German wei
Related formswhey·like, adjective
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Historical Examples

  • If made with nicety it is the most delicate of all sweets; if cooked till it wheys it is hardly eatable.

    The Whitehouse Cookbook (1887)

    Mrs. F.L. Gillette


British Dictionary definitions for wheys

whey

noun
  1. the watery liquid that separates from the curd when the milk is clotted, as in making cheese
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Derived Formswheyey, wheyish or wheylike, adjective

Word Origin

Old English hwǣg; related to Middle Low German wei, heie, Dutch hui
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Word Origin and History for wheys

whey

n.

Old English hwæg "whey," from Proto-Germanic *khwaja- (cf. Middle Dutch wey, Dutch wei), of unknown origin.

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