[hwey, wey]


a milk serum, separating as liquid from the curd after coagulation, as in cheese making.

Origin of whey

before 900; Middle English wheye, Old English hwǣg; cognate with Dutch, Low German wei
Related formswhey·like, adjective
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the watery liquid that separates from the curd when the milk is clotted, as in making cheese
Derived Formswheyey, wheyish or wheylike, adjective

Word Origin for whey

Old English hwǣg; related to Middle Low German wei, heie, Dutch hui
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Word Origin and History for whey

Old English hwæg "whey," from Proto-Germanic *khwaja- (cf. Middle Dutch wey, Dutch wei), of unknown origin.

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