butter
I. noun Etymology: Middle English, from Old English butere, from Latin butyrum, from Greek boutyron, from bous cow + tyros cheese; akin to Avestan tūiri- curds — more at cow Date: before 12th century 1. a solid emulsion of fat globules, air, and water made by churning milk or cream and used as food 2. a buttery substance: as a. any of various fatty oils remaining nearly solid at ordinary temperatures b. a creamy food spread; especially one made of ground roasted nuts <
peanut butter
>
3. flatterybutterless adjective II. transitive verb Date: 15th century to spread with or as if with butter

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  • Butter — mit Streichmesser Butter in einer handelsüblichen Menge (250 g) in einer Butterdose …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • butter — [ byte ] v. tr. <conjug. : 1> • 1701; de butte ♦ Agric. Disposer (de la terre) en petites buttes; garnir (une plante) de terre qu on élève autour du pied. ⇒ chausser. Butter les pommes de terre. « Il continue à butter des choux dans le… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Butter — Butter, ist das nützlichste und wohlschmeckendste Product, welches aus der Milch (s. d.) der Kühe gewonnen wird. Die Güte der Butter hängt theils von der Beschaffenheit der Weiden, theils von der Art der Bereitung ab; selbst die Jahreszeiten üben …   Damen Conversations Lexikon

  • butter — [but′ər] n. [ME butere < OE < L butyrum < Gr boutyron < bous, ox, COW1 + tyros, cheese; akin to Avestan tū’ri, curds] 1. the solid, yellowish, edible fat that results from churning cream or whole milk, used as a spread, in cooking,… …   English World dictionary

  • Butter — Sf (obd. m., nach dem Genus von Anke(n) Butter ) std. (11. Jh.), mhd. buter m./f., spahd. butira Entlehnung. Wie ae. butere entlehnt aus spl. būtӯrum n. aus gr. boútӯron n. Kuhquark , das seinerseits fremden Vorbildern folgt. Die Umbildung zum… …   Etymologisches Wörterbuch der deutschen sprache

  • butter — O.E. butere butter, general W.Gmc. (Cf. O.Fris., O.H.G. butera, Ger. Butter, Du. boter), an early loan word from L. butyrum butter (Cf. It. burro, O.Fr. burre, Fr. beurre), from Gk. boutyron, perhaps lit. cow cheese, from bous …   Etymology dictionary

  • butter — ► NOUN ▪ a pale yellow fatty substance made by churning cream and used as a spread or in cooking. ► VERB 1) spread with butter. 2) (butter up) informal flatter (someone). ● look as if butter wouldn t melt in one s mouth Cf. ↑ …   English terms dictionary

  • Butter — (hierzu Tafel »Butterfabrikation« mit Text), das Fett der Milch, das in dieser in äußerst seiner Verteilung in Form sehr kleiner Kügelchen enthalten ist. Reines Butterfett besteht zu 91–92 Proz. aus einem Gemisch von Stearin, Palmitin, Oleïn. Den …   Meyers Großes Konversations-Lexikon

  • Butter — Butter: Die westgerm. Bezeichnung des aus Milch hergestellten Speisefettes (mhd. buter, ahd. butera, niederl. botter, engl. butter) ist über vlat. *butira, *butura entlehnt aus lat. butyrum, das selbst wiederum aus griech. boú tȳron »Kuhquark«… …   Das Herkunftswörterbuch

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