Curdling
Curdle Cur"dle, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Curdled} (-d'ld); p. pr. & vb. n. {Curdling} (-dl[i^]ng).] 1. To change into curd; to cause to coagulate. ``To curdle whites of eggs'' --Boyle. [1913 Webster]

2. To congeal or thicken. [1913 Webster]

My chill blood is curdled in my veins. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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