yeast
Pronunciation Noun

yeast

  1. An often humid, yellowish froth produced by fermenting malt worts, and used to brew beer, leaven bread, and also used in certain medicines.
  2. A single-celled fungus of a wide variety of taxonomic families.
    1. A true yeast or budding yeast in order Saccharomycetales.
      1. baker's yeast, Saccharomyces cerevisiae
        1. A compressed cake or dried granules of this substance used for mixing with flour to make bread dough rise.
      2. brewer's yeast, certain species of Saccharomyces, principally Saccharomyces cerevisiae and Saccharomyces carlsbergensis.
    2. Candida, a ubiquitous fungus that can cause various kinds of infections in humans.
      1. The resulting infection, candidiasis.
  3. (figuratively) A frothy foam.
    • 1851, Herman Melville, Moby Dick:
      But what most puzzled and confounded you was a long, limber, portentous, black mass of something hovering in the centre of the picture over three blue, dim, perpendicular lines floating in a nameless yeast.
Translations Translations
  • French: levure
  • German: Hefe, (Northern Germany) Bärme, (southeastern Germany, Austria) Germ, (regional, especially in Northern Germany outdated, in South Africa (KwaZulu-Natal) rare) Gest, (South Africa (KwaZulu-Natal)) Yeast
  • Italian: lievito, fermento
  • Portuguese: fermento, levedura
  • Russian: дро́жжи
  • Spanish: levadura
Translations
  • French: levure
  • German: Hefe, (Northern Germany) Bärme, (southeastern Germany, Austria) Germ, (regional, especially in Northern Germany outdated, in South Africa (KwaZulu-Natal) rare) Gest, (South Africa (KwaZulu-Natal)) Yeast
  • Italian: lievito
  • Portuguese: levedura
  • Russian: дро́жжи
  • Spanish: levadura
Translations Verb

yeast (yeasts, present participle yeasting; past and past participle yeasted)

  1. To ferment.
  2. (of something prepared with a yeasted dough) To rise.
  3. (African American Vernacular English, slang) To exaggerate



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