Milk Definition

milked, milking, milks
A white or yellowish emulsion secreted by the mammary glands of female mammals for suckling their young and usually consisting of fats, proteins, sugars, vitamins, and minerals suspended in water.
Webster's New World
Cow's milk, or, sometimes, that of goats, camels, etc., drunk by humans as a food or used to make butter, cheese, casein products, etc.
Webster's New World
Any liquid like this, as the juice of various plants or fruits (e.g., coconut milk), or any of various emulsions.
Webster's New World
A liquid resembling milk in consistency, such as milkweed sap or milk of magnesia.
American Heritage Medicine

(countable, informal) An individual serving of milk.

Table three ordered three milks. (Formally: The guests at table three ordered three glasses of milk.)
To draw or squeeze milk from the mammary glands of (a cow, etc.)
Webster's New World
To extract juice, sap, venom, etc. from.
Webster's New World
To draw out or drain off; extract.
Webster's New World
To press out, drain off, or remove (a liquid).
Milk venom from a snake.
American Heritage
To draw out or extract something from.
Milked the witness for information.
American Heritage
Giving milk; kept for milking.
Milk cows.
Webster's New World
milk it
  • To take advantage of the help or kindness of others, as when one acts as if one still needs help after recovering from an illness.
American Heritage
cry over spilt milk
  • to mourn or regret something that cannot be undone
Webster's New World

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Origin of Milk

  • From Old English melcan, from Proto-Germanic *melkanÄ…, ultimately from Proto-Indo-European *hâ‚‚melǵ-, the same root as the above noun. Compare Dutch and German melken, Danish malke, Norwegian mjølke, also Latin mulgeō (“I milk"), Ancient Greek ἀμέλγω (amelgō, “I milk"), Albanian mjel (“to milk"), Russian молозиво (molozivo), Lithuanian mélžti, Tocharian A mālk-.

    From Wiktionary

  • From Middle English milk, mylk, melk, mulc, from Old English meolc, meoluc (“milk"), from Proto-Germanic *meluks, from Proto-Indo-European *hâ‚‚melǵ-.

    From Wiktionary

  • Middle English from Old English milc melg- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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