Whey Definition

wā, hwā
The thin, watery part of milk, that separates from the thicker part (curds) after coagulation, as in cheese making.
Webster's New World
  • milk whey

Origin of Whey

  • Middle English wheye, whei, from Old English hwǣġ, hweÄ¡, from Proto-Germanic *hwajÄ… (cf. West Frisian waai, Dutch wei), perhaps from Proto-Indo-European *kÊ·ei 'to pile up, build' (cf. Old Church Slavonic чинъ (činÅ­, “order"), Ancient Greek ποιέω (poiéō, “to pile up, make"), Sanskrit káya 'body'). [Devanagari?]

    From Wiktionary

  • Middle English from Old English hwæg

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

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