Definition of clabber in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈklabə/
chiefly US


[mass noun]
Milk that has naturally clotted on souring.
Example sentences
  • Southerners preferred corn dodgers or pone and pork and clabber rather than Yankee beef.


Curdle or cause to curdle: [with object]: she needed rainwater to clabber the milk [no object]: it had to be left to clabber before it could be churned
More example sentences
  • My mother made cottage cheese from the sour (clabbered) milk.
  • At the Cowgirl Creamery in Point Reyes Station, specialties such as fromage blanc (tangy, soft, and spreadable) and fresh clabbered cottage cheese are made from organic milk.
  • Silky smoked salmon is garnished with clabbered cream, shaved fennel, caperberries, microgreens, and a stack of warm, ethereal buckwheat blinis.


Early 19th century: shortening of bonny clabber.

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