from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An apparatus or tool for freeing butter from buttermilk.
- n. A creamery apparatus for pressing the buttermilk out of freshly made butter, working in the salt, and bringing the butter to a condition for use or shipment to market. There are several types of such machines, all consisting essentially of one or more plain or fluted rolls that traverse with a rolling motion over or through the butter, which is spread out in a thin cake upon a tray. In small hand-machines the trays are stationary; in power-machines the trays revolve and carry the butter under rolls revolving in a fixed position. In one type of machine the butter is placed in a revolving drum. Butter-workers and churns are sometimes united in one machine. See churn.
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