Mayo vs. Mayonnaise

By Jaxson

  • Mayonnaise

    Mayonnaise (, , also US: ), often abbreviated as mayo (), is a thick, creamy dressing often used as a condiment. It is a stable emulsion of oil, egg yolk, and acid, either vinegar or lemon juice, with many options for embellishment with other herbs and spices. The proteins and lecithin in the egg yolk serve as emulsifiers in mayonnaise (and hollandaise sauce). The color of mayonnaise varies, but it is often white, cream color, or pale yellow. It may range in texture from a light cream to a thick gel.

    Commercial egg-free alternatives are available for vegans and those who want to avoid chicken or animal products and cholesterol, or who are allergic to eggs.

  • Mayo (noun)

    clipping of mayonnaise

    “Pass me the mayo please.”

  • Mayonnaise (noun)

    A dressing made from vegetable oil, raw egg yolks and seasoning, used on salads, with french fries, in sandwiches etc.

  • Mayonnaise (noun)

    Any cold dish with that dressing as an ingredient.

    “We served a lobster mayonnaise as a starter.”

    “hair mayonnaise, facial mayonnaise”


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