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If egg whites are called egg whites, why are yolks not called egg yellows?

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hmmmmmm's avatar

While mass-produced factory hens mostly have yellow yolks, the color of egg yolks can be anywhere from yellow to dark orange. Hen diet affects color

Jeruba's avatar

They are: that’s what “yolk” means in its Old English origins.

Likewise, the white is called the albumen, from the Latin for “white.”

What are they in German?

ragingloli's avatar

@Jeruba
The German literally translates to egg white and egg yellow.

kritiper's avatar

Before they’re cooked, the egg whites are more like egg snot.

But the work “yolk” is from the ”[AS. geolca, geoleca, fr. geolu yellow.]” (AS meaning ‘Anglo-Saxon,’ fr. meaning ‘from’)
So the word “yolk” does indeed mean “yellow.”
-from Webster’s New Collegiate Dictionary, 1960 ed.

JLeslie's avatar

Once in a while I say yellow instead of yolk.

In Spanish it’s yellow and clear rather than yolk and white.

JLeslie's avatar

I should correct myself. In Spanish there is a word for yolk, I think it’s yema, but at least my in-laws often use yellow and clara de huevo (literally translated clear of egg) is the correct Spanish as far as I know for egg white, we just say la clara.

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