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suckle
American English: /ˈsək(ə)l/
British English: /ˈsʌk(ə)l/

Translation of suckle in Spanish:

transitive verb

  • darle de mamar a
    Example sentences
    • Two Madonna-and-childs, reversed out in a stark negative: the bounteous white woman, bereft of her own baby, suckling the child of a dying African.
    • Informal wet-nursing ranges from the occasional nursing of another woman's child to a private arrangement to suckle a baby whose mother is ailing or who has died.
    • But virtually all begging street urchins, maimed men, mothers suckling infants and other ragged destitutes are Tibetan, not Chinese.

intransitive verb

  • Example sentences
    • ‘It's impossible to forgive,’ she said, her infant baby suckling at her breast.
    • Images of Charity personified often show a child suckling at each of her breasts.
    • The strong influence of Italian neo-realism is further subverted by such outlandish sights as a boy suckling at a cow's udder and Pedro hurling an egg directly at the camera.

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