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Milk (noun)

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Milk. n.s. [meelc, Saxon; melck, Dutch.]

  1. The liquor with which animals feed their young from the breast.

                  Come to my woman's breasts,
    And take my milk for gall, you murthering ministers!
    Where-ever in your sightless substances
    You wait on nature's substances
    You wait on nature's mischief.
    Shakesp. Macbeth.

                        I fear thy nature,
    It is too full o' th' milk of human kindness
    To catch the nearest way.
    Shakesp. King Lear.

    Milk is the occasion of many tumours of divers kinds. Wiseman's Surgery.

                    When milk is dry'd with heat,
    In vain the milkmaid tugs an empty teat.

    I concluded, if the gout continued, to confine myself wholly to the milk diet. Temple's Miscel.

    Broths and milk-meats are windy to stomachs troubled with acid ferments. Floyer on the Humours.

  2. Emulsion made by contusion of seeds.

    Pistachoes, so they be good and not musty, joined with almonds in almond milk, or made into a milk of themselves, like unto almond milk, are an excellent nourisher. Bacon.

Sources: Bacon, Francis (396) · Dryden, John (788) · Floyer, John (18) · Shakespeare's King Lear (144) · Shakespeare's Macbeth (136) · Temple, William (54) · Wiseman, Richard (68)

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