[ buht-er-milk ]
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  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

First recorded in 1520–30; butter + milk

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British Dictionary definitions for buttermilk


/ (ˈbʌtəˌmɪlk) /

  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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