(of a domestic animal) yielding milk; kept or suitable for milk production.

Origin of milch

1250–1300; Middle English milche; compare Old English -milce (in thrimilce the month of May, i.e., the month when cows could be milked thrice a day); see milk Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Contemporary Examples of milch

Historical Examples of milch

  • There were the hog-pens, the chicken-houses; the sheds for milch cows.

    The Golden Woman

    Ridgwell Cullum

  • “Belfast will be the milch cow of the Dublin Parliament,” said Cahoon.

    The Red Hand of Ulster

    George A. Birmingham

  • The beauty of a milch cow is the result of her good qualities.

  • Milch goats were not to be had, but the chief of the place sent a present of food.

    From Pole to Pole

    Sven Anders Hedin

  • There is about the same number of milch cows in New York and Wisconsin.

    The Book of Cheese

    Charles Thom and Walter Warner Fisk

British Dictionary definitions for milch



(modifier) (esp of cattle) yielding milk
milch cow informal a source of easy income, esp a person

Word Origin for milch

C13: from Old English -milce (in compounds); related to Old English melcan to milk
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for milch

"giving milk," from Old English -milce "milking," from West Germanic *melik- "milk" (see milk (n)).

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