whey

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Etymology[edit]

From Middle English wheye, whei, from Old English hwǣġ, hwæiġ, hwæġ, hweġ (whey), from Proto-Germanic *hwają (compare Saterland Frisian Waai, Woaie, West Frisian waai, Dutch wei, German Low German Wei), perhaps from Proto-Indo-European *kʷey- (to pile up, build) (compare Old Church Slavonic чинъ (činŭ, order), Ancient Greek ποιέω (poiéō, to pile up, make), Sanskrit कय (káya, every one)).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • enPR: hwā, , IPA(key): /ʍeɪ/, /weɪ/
  • Rhymes: -eɪ
  • Homophones: way, weigh, wey (in accents with the wine-whine merger)

Noun[edit]

whey (usually uncountable, plural wheys)

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

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