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Pronunciation: bŭt′ĕr


  1. A coherent mass of milk fat, obtained by churning or shaking cream until the separate fat globules run together, leaving a liquid residue, buttermilk.
  2. A soft solid having more or less the consistency of butter.

[L. butyrum, G. boutyros, prob. fr. bous, cow, + tyros, cheese]

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