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From Middle English butter-melke, equivalent to butter +‎ milk. Compare German Low German Bottermelk (buttermilk), German Buttermilch (buttermilk).


buttermilk (countable and uncountable, plural buttermilks)

  1. The liquid left over after producing butter from full cream milk by the churning process, also called traditional buttermilk.
  2. Cultured buttermilk, a fermented dairy product produced from cow's milk, with a characteristically sour taste.


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