Butter But"ter (b[u^]t"t[~e]r), n. [OE. botere, butter, AS. butere, fr. L. butyrum, Gr. boy`turon; either fr. boy`s ox, cow + turo`s cheese; or, perhaps, of Scythian origin. Cf. {Cow}.] 1. An oily, unctuous substance obtained from cream or milk by churning. [1913 Webster]

2. Any substance resembling butter in degree of consistence, or other qualities, especially, in old chemistry, the chlorides, as butter of antimony, sesquichloride of antimony; also, certain concrete fat oils remaining nearly solid at ordinary temperatures, as butter of cacao, vegetable butter, shea butter. [1913 Webster]

{Butter boat}, a small vessel for holding melted butter at table.

{Butter flower}, the buttercup, a yellow flower.

{Butter print}, a piece of carved wood used to mark pats of butter; -- called also {butter stamp}. --Locke.

{Butter tooth}, either of the two middle incisors of the upper jaw.

{Butter tree} (Bot.), a tree of the genus {Bassia}, the seeds of which yield a substance closely resembling butter. The butter tree of India is the {Bassia butyracea}; that of Africa is the Shea tree ({Bassia Parkii}). See {Shea tree}.

{Butter trier}, a tool used in sampling butter.

{Butter wife}, a woman who makes or sells butter; -- called also {butter woman}. [Obs. or Archaic] [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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