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  1. Often curds. a substance consisting mainly of casein and the like, obtained from milk by coagulation, and used as food or made into cheese.
  2. any substance resembling this.
  3. Also called curd cheese. Chiefly Northeastern and Southern U.S. cottage cheese.
  4. the edible flower heads of cauliflower, broccoli, and similar plants.
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verb (used with or without object)
  1. to turn into curd; coagulate; congeal.
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Origin of curd

1325–75; Middle English curden (v.), variant of crudden to crud, congeal; see crowd1
Related formsun·curd, verb (used with object)

Regional variation note

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Examples from the Web for curding

Historical Examples of curding

  • The stomachs of the young of all milk-eating animals may be used for curding milk.

    Hints on Dairying

    T. D. Curtis

  • For if her nourishment be too much, which curding, very often turns to imposthumes.

  • Allow the mixture to cook until the sauce has thickened, stirring constantly to prevent the curding of the egg.

    Woman's Institute Library of Cookery, Vol. 2

    Woman's Institute of Domestic Arts and Sciences

  • As this stirring is a disadvantage in the making of candy, every precaution should be taken to prevent the curding of the milk.

    Woman's Institute Library of Cookery, Vol. 5

    Woman's Institute of Domestic Arts and Sciences

  • The delicate art of curding the milk into whey took up all her attention.

British Dictionary definitions for curding


  1. (often plural) a substance formed from the coagulation of milk by acid or rennet, used in making cheese or eaten as a food
  2. something similar in consistency
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  1. to turn into or become curd
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Derived Formscurdy, adjectivecurdiness, noun

Word Origin for curd

C15: from earlier crud, of unknown origin
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Word Origin and History for curding



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).

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