also yoke noun Etymology: Middle English yolke, from Old English geoloca, from geolu yellow — more at yellow Date: before 12th century 1. a. the yellow spheroidal mass of stored food that forms the inner portion of the egg of a bird or reptile and is surrounded by the white — see egg illustration b. archaic the whole contents of an animal ovum consisting of a protoplasmic formative portion and an inert nutritive portion c. material stored in an animal ovum that supplies food to the developing embryo and consists chiefly of proteins, lecithin, and cholesterol 2. [akin to Middle Dutch ieke yolk (of wool), Old English ēowu ewe] oily material in unprocessed sheep wool consisting of wool fat, suint, and debris • yolked adjectiveyolky adjective

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  • Yolk — (y[=o]lk or y[=o]k; 277), n. [OE. yolke, yelke, [yogh]olke, [yogh]elke, AS. geoloca, geoleca, fr. geolu yellow. See {Yellow}.] [Written also {yelk}.] [1913 Webster] 1. The yellow part of an egg; the vitellus. [1913 Webster] 2. (Zo[ o]l.) An oily… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • yolk — [jəuk US jouk, jelk] n [U and C] ↑eggcup, ↑shell, ↑white, ↑yolk [: Old English; Origin: geoloca, from geolu; YELLOW1] the yellow part in the centre of an egg →↑white …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • yolk — O.E. geolca, geoloca yolk, lit. the yellow part, from geolu yellow (see YELLOW (Cf. yellow)). Formerly also spelled yelk …   Etymology dictionary

  • yolk — [yōk] n. [ME yolke < OE geolca, yolk, lit., yellow part, akin to geolu,YELLOW] 1. the yellow, principal substance of an egg, as distinguished from the albumen, or white: see EGG1 2. Biol. the protein and fat stored in the ovum, serving as… …   English World dictionary

  • yolk — yolk. См. дейтоплазма. (Источник: «Англо русский толковый словарь генетических терминов». Арефьев В.А., Лисовенко Л.А., Москва: Изд во ВНИРО, 1995 г.) …   Молекулярная биология и генетика. Толковый словарь.

  • yolk — [ jouk ] noun count or uncount the middle part of an egg that is yellow …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • yolk — ► NOUN ▪ the yellow internal part of a bird s egg, which is rich in protein and fat and nourishes the developing embryo. DERIVATIVES yolked adjective yolky adjective. ORIGIN Old English, related to YELLOW(Cf. ↑yellowy) …   English terms dictionary

  • Yolk — Fondé en 1999 Fondateur Alban Darche, Sébastien Boisseau Jean Louis Pommier Genre(s) Jazz Pays d origine …   Wikipédia en Français

  • yolk — yolked, adj. yolkless, adj. yolky, adj. /yohk, yohlk/, n. 1. the yellow and principal substance of an egg, as distinguished from the white. 2. Embryol. the part of the contents of the egg of an animal that enters directly into the formation of… …   Universalium

  • yolk — [[t]jo͟ʊk[/t]] yolks N VAR The yolk of an egg is the yellow part in the middle. Only the yolk contains cholesterol. ...buttered toast dipped in egg yolk …   English dictionary

  • yolk — UK [jəʊk] / US [joʊk] noun [countable/uncountable] Word forms yolk : singular yolk plural yolks the middle part of an egg that is yellow …   English dictionary

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