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Pronunciation: yok, yolk


  1. One of the types of nutritive material stored in the oocyte (ovum) for the nutrition of the embryo; yolk is particularly abundant and conspicuous in the eggs of birds.
  2. Fatty material found in the wool of sheep; when extracted and purified, it becomes lanolin.

Synonym(s): vitellus

[A.S. geolca; geolu, yellow]

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