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1 liquid in which meat and vegetables are simmered; used as a basis for e.g. soups or sauces; "she made gravy with a base of beef stock" [syn: stock]
2 a thin soup of meat or fish or vegetable stock

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  1. (uncountable) Water in which food (meat or vegetable etc) has been boiled.
  2. (countable) A soup made from broth and other ingredients such as vegetables, herbs or diced meat.



water in which food (meat or vegetable etc) has been boiled
soup made from broth

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Extensive Definition

Broth is a liquid in which bones, meat, fish, cereal grains, or vegetables have been simmered and strained out. Broth is used as a basis for other edible liquids such as soup, gravy, or sauce. It can be eaten alone or with garnish.
U.S. culinary schools often differentiate between broth, usually made from viable portions of animal meat, and stock, which may be less palatable, often made from vegetable scraps and bones.
Broth has been made for many years using the animal bones which, traditionally, are boiled in a cooking pot for long periods to extract the flavour and nutrients. The bones may or may not have meat still on them. Broth is regarded as having little nutrient value on its own. Sometimes broth can be referred to as water with salt.
When it is necessary to clarify a broth (i.e. for a cleaner presentation), egg whites may be added during simmering – the egg whites will coagulate, trapping sediment and turbidity into a readily strainable mass.
In East Asia (particularly Japan), a form of kelp called kombu is often used as the basis for broths (called dashi in Japanese).
broth in Bulgarian: Бульон
broth in German: Brühe
broth in Spanish: Caldo
broth in Esperanto: Buljono
broth in French: Bouillon (cuisine)
broth in Galician: Caldo
broth in Indonesian: Kaldu
broth in Italian: Brodo
broth in Hebrew: ציר (מזון)
broth in Lithuanian: Sultinys
broth in Hungarian: Húsleves
broth in Dutch: Bouillon (voedsel)
broth in Japanese: ブイヨン
broth in Norwegian: Buljong
broth in Polish: Rosół
broth in Portuguese: Caldo
broth in Russian: Бульон
broth in Sicilian: Vrodu
broth in Swedish: Buljong
broth in Ukrainian: Бульйон
broth in Contenese: 上湯
broth in Chinese: 清汤

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

bisque, borscht, bouillabaisse, bouillon, burgoo, chicken soup, chowder, clam chowder, clear soup, consomme, decoction, egg drop soup, fish soup, gazpacho, gravy soup, gumbo, julienne, matzo ball soup, minestrone, misoshiru soup, mock turtle soup, mulligatawny, oxtail soup, pot-au-feu, potage, potage au tomate, potato soup, pottage, puree, soup, stock, thick soup, thin soup, tomato soup, turtle soup, vegetable soup, vichyssoise, won ton soup
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