- 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.
- to turn into curd; coagulate; congeal.
Origin of curd
Regional variation note
Examples from the Web for curds
Miss North put her mother into a big chair, and hurried to bring a dish of curds.
"If you've finished your curds you must lie down," said Miss North.
Milk, cream, curds, whey and cheese enriched the family table.Welsh Fairy Tales
William Elliott Griffis
Little Miss Muffet sat on a tuffet, eating of curds and whey.Dramatized Rhythm Plays
John N. Richards
Camillo replied, "Indeed she is the very queen of curds and cream."Tales from Shakespeare
Charles Lamb and Mary Lamb
- (often plural) 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
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).