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Bible Usage:

  • milk used 48 times.


  • Included in Eastons: Yes
  • Included in Hitchcocks: No
  • Included in Naves: Yes
  • Included in Smiths: Yes
  • Included in Websters: Yes
  • Included in Strongs: Yes
  • Included in Thayers: Yes
  • Included in BDB: Yes

Strongs Concordance:

Easton's Bible Dictionary

1. Hebrew halabh, "new milk", milk in its fresh state (Judges 4:19). It is frequently mentioned in connection with honey (Exodus 3:8; 13:5; Joshua 5:6; Isaiah 7:15, 22; Jeremiah 11:5). Sheep (Deuteronomy 32:14) and goats (Proverbs 27:27) and camels (Genesis 32:15), as well as cows, are made to give their milk for the use of man. Milk is used figuratively as a sign of abundance (Genesis 49:12; Ezekiel 25:4; Joel 3:18). It is also a symbol of the rudiments of doctrine (1 Corinthians 3:2; Hebrews 5:12, 13), and of the unadulterated word of God (1 Peter 2:2).

2. Heb. hem'ah, always rendered "butter" in the Authorized Version. It means "butter," but also more frequently "cream," or perhaps, as some think, "curdled milk," such as that which Abraham set before the angels (Genesis 18:8), and which Jael gave to Sisera (Judges 5:25). In this state milk was used by travellers (2 Samuel 17:29). If kept long enough, it acquired a slightly intoxicating or soporific power.

This Hebrew word is also sometimes used for milk in general (Deuteronomy 32:14; Job 20:17).

Naves Topical Index

Smith's Bible Dictionary

As an article of diet, milk holds a more important position in eastern countries than with us. It is not a mere adjunct in cookery, or restricted to the use of the young, although it is naturally the characteristic food of childhood, both from its simple and nutritive qualities. (1 Peter 2:2) and particularly as contrasted with meat, (1 Corinthians 3:2; Hebrews 5:12) but beyond this it is regarded as substantial food adapted alike to all ages and classes. Not only the milk of cows, but of sheep, (32:14) of camels, (Genesis 32:15) and of goats, (Proverbs 27:27) was used; that latter appears to have been most highly prized.

Webster's 1828 Dictionary

MILK, noun

1. A white fluid or liquor, secreted by certain glands in female animals, and drawn from the breasts for the nourishment of their young.

2. The white juice of certain plants.

3. Emulsion made by bruising seeds.

MILK, verb transitive [Latin mulgeo.]

1. To draw or press milk from the breasts by the hand, as, to milk a cow.

2. To suck. [Not used.]

Webster's 1828 Dictionary

MILK'EN, adjective Consisting of milk. [Not used.]

Webster's 1828 Dictionary

MILK'ER, noun One that milks.

MILK'-FEVER, noun A fever which accompanies the first flowing of milk in females after childbirth.

MILK'-HEDGE, noun A shrub growing on the Coromandel coast, containing a milky juice.

Webster's 1828 Dictionary

MILK'INESS, noun Qualities like those of milk; softness.

MILK'-LIVERED, adjective Cowardly; timorous.

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MILK'MAID, noun A woman that milks or is employed in the dairy.

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MILK'MAN, noun A man that sells milk or carries milk to market.

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MILK'PAIL, noun A pail which receives the milk drawn from cows.

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MILK'PAN, noun A pan in which milk is set.

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MILK'POTTAGE, noun A species of food composed of milk or milk and water, boiled with meal or flour.

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MILK'SCORE, noun An account of milk sold or purchased in small quantities, scored or marked.

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MILK'SOP, noun A soft, effeminate, feeble-minded man.

MILK'-THISTLE, noun A plant of the genus Carduus.

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MILK'TOOTH, noun The fore tooth of a foal, which is cast within two or three years.

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MILK-TRE'FOIL, noun A plant, the cytisus.

MILK'-VETCH, noun A plant of the genus Astragalus.

MILK'-WORT, noun A plant of the genus Euphorbia; spurge.

MILK'-WEED, noun A plant, the Asclepias Syriaca.

Webster's 1828 Dictionary

MILK'WHITE, adjective White as milk.

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MILK'WOMAN, noun A woman that sells milk.

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MILK'Y, adjective Made of milk.

1. Resembling milk; as milky sap or juice.

2. Yielding milk; as milky mothers.

3. Soft; mild; gentle; timorous; as a milky heart.

Webster's 1828 Dictionary

MILK'Y-WAY, noun The galaxy; a broad luminous path or circle in the heavens, supposed to be the blended light of innumerable fixed stars, which are not distinguishable with ordinary telescopes.