(countable and uncountable, plural milks)
- (uncountable) A white liquid produced by the mammary glands of female mammals to nourish their young. From certain animals, especially cows, it is a common food for humans as a beverage or used to produce various dairy products such as butter, cheese, and yogurt.
- (US standard of identity) The lacteal secretion, practically free from colostrum, obtained by the complete milking of one or more healthy cows, and including the addition of limited amounts of vitamin A, vitamin D, and other carriers or flavoring ingredients identified as safe and suitable.
- (countable, informal) An individual serving of milk.
- Table three ordered three milks. (Formally: The guests at table three ordered three glasses of milk.)
- (uncountable) A white (whitish) liquid obtained from a vegetable source such as soy beans, coconuts, almonds, rice, oats. Also called non-dairy milk.
- The ripe, undischarged spat of an oyster.
- (uncountable, slang) semen
From Middle English milk, mylk, melk, mulc, from Old English meolc, meoluc (“milk"), from Proto-Germanic *meluks, from Proto-Indo-European *hâ‚‚melÇµ-.
(third-person singular simple present milks, present participle milking, simple past and past participle milked)
- To express milk from (a mammal, especially a cow).
- The farmer milked his cows.
- To draw (milk) from the breasts or udder.
- to milk wholesome milk from healthy cows
- To express any liquid (from any creature).
- (figuratively) To make excessive use of (a particular point in speech or writing, etc.); to take advantage of (a situation).
- When the audience began laughing, the comedian milked the joke for more laughs.
From Old English melcan, from Proto-Germanic *melkanÄ…, ultimately from Proto-Indo-European *hâ‚‚melÇµ-, the same root as the above noun. Compare Dutch and German melken, Danish malke, Norwegian mjÃ¸lke, also Latin mulgeÅ (“I milk"), Ancient Greek á¼€Î¼ÎÎ»Î³Ï‰ (amelgÅ, “I milk"), Albanian mjel (“to milk"), Russian Ð¼Ð¾Ð»Ð¾Ð·Ð¸Ð²Ð¾ (molozivo), Lithuanian mÃ©lÅ¾ti, Tocharian A mÄlk-.