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ice cream

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  1. a frozen food containing cream or milk and butterfat, sugar, flavoring, and sometimes eggs.
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Origin of ice cream

First recorded in 1735–45
Can be confusedice cream sherbet sorbet
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Related Words

sherbet, sorbet, ice, gelato

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ice cream

  1. a kind of sweetened frozen liquid, properly made from cream and egg yolks but often made from milk or a custard base, flavoured in various ways
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Word Origin and History for ice cream


1744, earlier iced cream (1680s), from ice (n.) + cream (n.).

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