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milk División en sílabas: milk

Definición de milk en inglés:


1An opaque white fluid rich in fat and protein, secreted by female mammals for the nourishment of their young: a healthy mother will produce enough milk for her baby
Más ejemplos en oraciones
  • Breastfeeding mothers need to drink extra to make enough milk for their babies.
  • Use of donor milk for preterm infants has declined over the past 20 years.
  • The newborn infant is happy when it is cuddled in its mother's arms and sucks milk from her breast.
1.1The milk from cows (or goats or sheep) as consumed by humans: a glass of milk
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  • We have more than enough to make feta and soft goat cheeses, with milk left over for drinking and cooking.
  • I drank a glass of milk before making a cheese, peanut butter and lettuce sandwich.
  • Add the cream cheese and milk to the spinach mixture.
1.2The white juice of certain plants: coconut milk
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  • There is the first extract or the thick creamy milk from the scraped coconut.
1.3A creamy-textured liquid with a particular ingredient or use: cleansing milk
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  • Hurrah for easy-to-use home colouring kits bursting with gentle ingredients like apricot milk, jojoba and wheat-germ oil.
  • Start by cleansing the skin with the appropriate milk and lotion and proceed with adequate exfoliation according to skin type.


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1Draw milk from (a cow or other animal), either by hand or mechanically.
Oraciones de ejemplo
  • Wandering into a shed one evening, he found a couple dozen goats being milked by a mechanism run by a pump.
  • He grew up on the couple's farm in Bugthorpe where he loved to help out feeding the animals and milking the cows.
  • ‘Cows were milked by hand and milk was separated from cream with a hand-cranked separator,’ she says.
draw milk from, express milk from
1.1 [no object] (Of an animal, especially a cow) produce or yield milk: the breed does seem to milk better in harder conditions
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  • Cows won't milk as well and calves can't easily pick the good grass out of the old growth.
  • Healthier cows milking at a lower rate will stay in the herd longer, he thinks.
  • Today, some swine producers have totally abandoned the procedure or resect needle teeth only when sows are milking poorly or if exudative epidermitis is present in the herd.
1.2Extract sap, venom, or other substances from.
Oraciones de ejemplo
  • He's now milking tarantulas for their venom, and has recently been granted a licence to export that venom.
  • People are bitten by exotic snakes while handling or feeding them, cleaning out their cages, milking them of their venoms, or attempting to steal them.
  • Chief among those experts is Lyn Abra, who milked funnel-webs for their venom for three decades, first for Sutherland's research and then for commercial antivenin production.
draw off, siphon (off), pump off, tap, drain, extract
2Exploit or defraud (someone), typically by taking regular small amounts of money over a period of time: [with complement]: he had milked his grandmother dry of all her money
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  • What have you been doing all of these years, milking him for money?
  • Money has clearly been milked out of agencies and into the Olympics without regard to consequences.
  • Maybe I should have thought of this before I milked my parents for money.
exploit, take advantage of, cash in on, suck dry
informal bleed, squeeze, fleece
2.1Get all possible advantage from (a situation): the newspapers were milking the story for every possible drop of drama
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  • Some, perhaps sensing that the window of opportunity is closing, are doing their best to milk the situation for all it is worth.
  • I thought I'd milked the situation as far as I dared.
  • I hope that operatives are preparing to milk this situation.
2.2Elicit a favorable reaction from (an audience) and prolong it for as long as possible: he milked the crowd for every last drop of applause
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  • I would say that, you know, a lot of comedians milk an audience.
  • Wooley constantly runs from one end of the stage to the other, madly working the washboards, milking the audience's applause.
  • Never missing a comic beat, their charisma worked every time and they knew how to milk the audience dry.


Old English milc, milcian, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch melk and German Milch, from an Indo-European root shared by Latin mulgere and Greek amelgein 'to milk'.

  • The ancient root of milk may have meant ‘to rub’, and so would refer to hand-milking animals by pulling on their teats. It is connected with the Latin word mulgere ‘to milk’, the source also of emulsion. The phrase the milk of human kindness comes from Shakespeare's Macbeth. Lady Macbeth expresses her suspicion that her husband might not use violence to seize the Scottish throne: ‘Yet I do fear thy nature; it is too full o' the milk of human kindness / To catch the nearest way.’ In the Book of Exodus in the Bible the Promised Land of Israel is described as ‘a land flowing with milk and honey’ giving us a term for prosperity and abundance.


in milk

(Of an animal, especially a cow) producing milk.
Oraciones de ejemplo
  • The data were adjusted for previous lactation milk yield and days in milk at last test day.
  • I will refer to goats in milk and to milking goats to reflect the distinction.
  • The champion Friesian heifer in milk saw an honour awarded to Aidan Foody from Ardagh.

it's no use crying over spilt (or spilled) milk

proverb There is no point in regretting something that has already happened and cannot be changed or reversed.
Oraciones de ejemplo
  • I guess it's no use crying over spilt milk, but I do remember feeling a sense of disappointment as these features were dropped from Vista.
  • ‘It's obviously very disappointing when you lose your captain and inspiration but it's no use crying over spilt milk,’ said Wigan coach Dennis Betts.

milk and honey

Prosperity and abundance.
[With biblical allusion to the prosperity of the Promised Land (Exod. 3:8)]
Oraciones de ejemplo
  • Zambia can be turned into a land of plenty, flowing with milk and honey.
  • In the land of milk and honey, debt is wealth, war means peace and a dollar sailing towards hell in the proverbial hand basket is a good thing.
  • ‘Our new approach,’ he said on Friday, ‘will be to present our independence not as a land of milk and honey but as a land of opportunity.’

milk of human kindness

Care and compassion for others.
[With allusion to Shakespeare's Macbeth]
Oraciones de ejemplo
  • If we can't figure this problem out, and use compassion and the milk of human kindness, so that it is a win-win situation for everyone, then it doesn't say much for the kind of people that we are.
  • You know, when you hear something like this, you are just so stricken by the milk of human kindness that you are forced to skip around in circles waving silken ribbons while braiding dandelions through your hair.
  • Well, Howie, it's just the simple milk of human kindness.

Palabras que riman con milk

bilk, ilk, silk

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