curd

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metathesis of crud, from Middle English crud (coagulated substance).

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curd (plural curds)

  1. The part of milk that coagulates when it sours or is treated with enzymes; used to make cottage cheese.
  2. The coagulated part of any liquid.
  3. The edible flower head of certain brassicaceous plants.
    • R. Thompson
      Broccoli should be cut while the curd, as the flowering mass is termed, is entire.
    • F. Burr
      Cauliflowers should be cut for use while the head, or curd, is still close and compact.

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curd (third-person singular simple present curds, present participle curding, simple past and past participle curded)

  1. (intransitive) To form curd; to curdle.
  2. (transitive) To cause to coagulate or thicken; to cause to congeal; to curdle.
    • Shakespeare
      Does it curd thy blood / To say I am thy mother?

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