whey

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Middle English wheye, whei, from Old English hwǣġ, hweġ, from Proto-Germanic *hwają (compare West Frisian waai, Dutch wei), perhaps from Proto-Indo-European *kʷei 'to pile up, build' (compare Old Church Slavonic чинъ (činŭ, order), Ancient Greek ποιέω (poiéō, to pile up, make), Sanskrit káya 'body'). [Devanagari needed]

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whey (uncountable)

  1. The liquid remaining after milk has been curdled and strained in the process of making cheese.

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