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skim milk

  1. milk from which the cream has been skimmed.
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Origin of skim milk

First recorded in 1590–1600
Also called skimmed milk.
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Examples from the Web for skim-milk

Historical Examples

  • Lacteous -eus: white, with a slight bluish tinge, like skim-milk.

    Explanation of Terms Used in Entomology

    John. B. Smith

  • There was not much comfort in this—might have been worse is but the skim-milk of consolation.

    The Faith Doctor

    Edward Eggleston

  • A skim-milk starter from a mixed supply is recommended by many.

  • The skim-milk will always be so much more in quantity than the cream.

    The Bertrams

    Anthony Trollope

  • In these he has learnt the use of skim-milk and the value of meat.

Word Origin and History for skim-milk


milk from which the cream has been skimmed, 1590s, from skim (v.) + milk (n.).

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

skim-milk in Medicine

skim milk

  1. The milk from which the cream has been removed.
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