1) To curdle, of milk, especially for cheese-making.

1646 one of her kyne whose mylke earned in the gallin, Heptonstall

1651 at divers times this informant could not get butter when she chirned nor cheese when she earned, Wakefield. Examples of ‘earning’ include: 1612 1 earnynge pott, Brandsby

1662 Amongst other things there is ... one earning tubb, Selby

1741 put in your Erning when ready, Pontefract.

dates 1612 1646 1651 1662 1741

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