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1The plant lady's bedstraw, Galium verum, which can be used to curdle milk for cheese-making; compare "rennet". Also "yellow cheese rennet". Compare cheese renning. Now historical.
2Rennet used for cheese-making. In early use also in plural (with reference to curds formed in a calf's stomach).
Late 16th century; earliest use found in John Minsheu (c1559–1627), lexicographer. In some forms from cheese + runnet.
cheese rennet/ˈtʃiːz ˌrɛnɪt/
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