- 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
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Historical Examples of wheys
If made with nicety it is the most delicate of all sweets; if cooked till it wheys it is hardly eatable.The Whitehouse Cookbook (1887)
Mrs. F.L. Gillette
- the watery liquid that separates from the curd when the milk is clotted, as in making cheese
Word Origin for whey
Old English hwǣg; related to Middle Low German wei, heie, Dutch hui
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Old English hwæg "whey," from Proto-Germanic *khwaja- (cf. Middle Dutch wey, Dutch wei), of unknown origin.
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