Origin of milchMiddle English milche, milk-giving from Old English -milce, akin to meolc, milk
Origin of milchMiddle English milche from Old English -milce ( in thrīmilce May, month when cows can be milked thrice a day ); see melg- in Indo-European roots.
- (dated) Giving milk
- Seems to be used in phrases such as milch cow or milch goat
From Middle English milche, melch, from Old English meolc, meolce (“giving milk, milch"), from Proto-Germanic *melkaz (“milky, milk-giving"), from Proto-Indo-European *mÃlg- (“to wipe, wipe off, milk"). Cognate with Low German melke (“milch"), German melk (“milk-giving, milch"), Icelandic milkur, mjÃ³lkur (“milk-giving"). More at milk.