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Mílky. adj. [from milk.]

  1. Made of milk.

  2. Resembling milk.

    Not tasteful herbs that in these gardens rise,
    Which the kind soil with milky sap supplies,
    Can move the god.
    Pope.

    Some plants upon breaking their vessels yield a milky juice. Arbuthnot on Aliments.

  3. Yielding milk.

    Perhaps my passion he disdains,
    And courts the milky mothers of the plains.
    Roscommon.

  4. Soft; gentle; tender; timorous.

    Has friendship such a faint and milky heart,
    It turns in less than two nights.
    Shakespeare.

    This milky gentleness and course of years,
    You are much more at task for want of wisdom,
    Than prais'd for harmful mildness.
    Shakesp. King Lear.

Sources: Arbuthnot, John (227) · Dillon, Wentworth (Roscommon) (31) · Shakespeare's King Lear (144) · Pope, Alexander (393) · Shakespeare's Timon of Athens (32)

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Cite this page: Johnson, Samuel. "Milky." A Dictionary of the English Language: A Digital Edition of the 1755 Classic by Samuel Johnson. Edited by Brandi Besalke. Last modified: January 1, 2013. http://johnsonsdictionaryonline.com/?p=13044.


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