2. Any substance resembling butter in degree of consistence, or other qualities, especially, in old chemistry, the chloridess, as butter of antimony, sesquichloride of antimony; also, certain concrete fat oils remaining nearly solid at ordinary temperatures, as butter of cacao, vegetable butter, shea butter.
<botany> Butter and eggs, a tree of the genus Bassia, the seeds of which yield a substance closely resembling butter. The butter tree of India is the B. Butyracea; that of Africa is the Shea tree (B. Parkii). See Shea tree. Butter trier, a tool used in sampling butter. Butter wife, a woman who makes or sells butter.
Synonyms: butter woman.
Origin: OE. Botere, butter, AS. Butere, fr. L. Butyrum, Gr.; either fr. Ox, cow + cheese; or, perhaps, of Scythian origin. Cf. Cow.
(01 Mar 1998)
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