Definition of broth in English:


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Pronunciation: /brɒθ


[mass noun]
  • 1Soup consisting of meat or vegetables cooked in stock, sometimes thickened with barley or other cereals: mutton broth
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    • Spoon the broth with vegetables into soup bowls.
    • Bring to a boil, reduce to a simmer, and let cook about 25 minutes, until vegetables are tender and broth smells lightly of the cheese.
    • Professor Kidunae Ikeda comes home from the physics faculty at the Tokyo Imperial University and sits down to eat a broth of vegetables and tofu prepared by his wife.
  • 1.1Meat or fish stock: the pig made five pots of broth [count noun]: she made a broth from the bones
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    • Clarify the cool broth by whisking the egg whites and stirring them and their shells into it, then heating over very low heat just to a simmer.
    • Combine okra with reserved broth and remaining ingredients.
    • You needn't brown the meat (so no spatters); just simmer it gently with a few herbs and spices in broth until it's tender.
  • 2 Microbiology A liquid medium containing proteins and other nutrients for the culture of bacteria: in vitro cultures were established in MG3 broth [as modifier]: broth cultures of intestinal tissue
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    • Respiratory specimens were examined with radiometric broth medium cultures and with the AMPLICOR assay for M tuberculosis.
    • Depending on the chemical added to the bacterial broth, the proteins of one gene would effectively be deactivated, disabling that gene.
    • By examining microscopically a drop of this broth culture the bacilli are seen in active movement, swarming at the margins of the drop, interspersed with the spiral threads, which are also apparently mobile.
  • 2.1A liquid mixture for the preservation of tissue.
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    • We have shown that the cryoprotective broth maintains the viability of fecal organisms for a period of 3 wk (Kleessen et al., 1995).


a broth of a boy

Irish Used approvingly to refer to a very lively boy or young man.
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  • Ambrose too had a long reign as a minor - a broth of a boy.
  • You're right, my jewel; there's not such a broth of a boy to be picked up every day in the week.
  • But he's much more of a broth of a boy now, right enough.


Old English, of Germanic origin; related to brew.

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