from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A name given to the yellow lady's-bedstraw, Galium verum, used for coagulating milk. See cheese, Also called cheese-running.
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"Its flowering tops boiled in alum dye a bright yellow color, its roots yield a red dye equal to that of madder, and the whole of the plant when bruised has the property of curdling milk, and is sometimes employed both for coloring and flavoring milk intended for cheeses;" hence called cheese-rennet.
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