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Of an animal: (with new, old, stale, etc.) (newly) come into milk, having been in milk (for a long time), etc. Compare new-milch. Now English regional.
Mid 17th century; earliest use found in Henry Ferne (1602–1662), bishop of Chester and controversialist. In sense 1 from milch + -ed.
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