Meaning of YOLK in English


transcription, транскрипция: [ ˈyōk, ˈyelk ( in cultivated speech, especially Southern ]

), also ˈyōlk, ˈyȯlk, ˈyälk, ˈyəlk noun

also yoke ˈyōk

Etymology: Middle English yolke, from Old English geoloca, from geolu yellow — more at yellow

Date: before 12th century


a. : the yellow spheroidal mass of stored food that forms the inner portion of the egg of a bird or reptile and is surrounded by the white — see egg illustration

b. archaic : the whole contents of an animal ovum consisting of a protoplasmic formative portion and an inert nutritive portion

c. : material stored in an animal ovum that supplies food to the developing embryo and consists chiefly of proteins, lecithin, and cholesterol


[akin to Middle Dutch ieke yolk (of wool), Old English ēowu ewe]

: oily material in unprocessed sheep wool consisting of wool fat, suint, and debris

• yolked adjective

• yolky adjective

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