milk

[ milk ]
/ mɪlk /

noun

verb (used with object)

verb (used without object)

to yield milk, as a cow.
to milk a cow or other mammal.

Idioms

    cry over spilled milk, to lament what cannot be changed or corrected; express sorrow for past actions or events: Crying over spilled milk will do you no good now.

Origin of milk

before 900; Middle English; Old English meol(o)c, (Anglian) milc; cognate with German Milch, Old Norse mjōlk, Gothic miluks; akin to Latin mulgēre, Greek amélgein to milk

Related forms

milk·less, adjectiveo·ver·milk, verbun·milked, adjectivewell-milked, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for milk

milk

/ (mɪlk) /

noun


verb

Word Origin for milk

Old English milc; compare Old Saxon miluk, Old High German miluh, Old Norse mjolk
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Medicine definitions for milk

milk

[ mĭlk ]

n.

A whitish liquid containing proteins, fats, lactose, and various vitamins and minerals that is produced by the mammary glands of all mature female mammals after they have given birth and serves as nourishment for their young.
The milk of cows, goats, or other animals, used as food by humans.
A liquid, such as coconut milk, milkweed sap, plant latex, or various medical emulsions, that is similar to milk in appearance.

v.

To draw milk from the teat or udder of a female mammal.
To press out, drain off, or remove by or as if by milking; strip.
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Science definitions for milk

milk

[ mĭlk ]

A white liquid produced by the mammary glands of female mammals for feeding their young beginning immediately after birth. Milk is an emulsion of proteins, fats, vitamins, minerals, and sugars, especially lactose, in water. The proteins in milk contain all the essential amino acids.

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Idioms and Phrases with milk

milk

In addition to the idiom beginning with milk

  • milk of human kindness, the

also see:

  • cry over spilt milk

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