Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A milky fluid consisting of lymph and emulsified fat extracted from chyme by the lacteals during digestion and passed to the bloodstream through the thoracic duct.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A milky fluid found in the lacteals during the process of digestion.
  • noun The liquid contents of the small intestine before absorption.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Physiol.) A milky fluid containing the fatty matter of the food in a state of emulsion, or fine mechanical division; formed from chyme by the action of the intestinal juices. It is absorbed by the lacteals, and conveyed into the blood by the thoracic duct.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A digestive fluid containing fatty droplets, found in the small intestine.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun a milky fluid consisting of lymph and emulsified fats; formed in the small intestine during digestion of ingested fats

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[French, from Late Latin chȳlus, from Greek khūlos, juice; see gheu- in Indo-European roots.]

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From French, from Latin chylus, from Ancient Greek χυλός ("animal or plant juice").

Examples

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  • juice

    February 14, 2007

  • While executing these honourable commissions, and getting forward daily in the good graces of the prime minister, what a happy being should I have been, if statesmen were born with a set of intestines to turn the chameleon's diet into chyle!

    - Lesage, The Adventures of Gil Blas of Santillane, tr. Smollett, bk 8 ch. 5

    October 3, 2008