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teat

Syllabification: teat
Pronunciation: /tēt
 
/

Definition of teat in English:

noun

1A nipple of the mammary gland of a female mammal, from which the milk is sucked by the young.
Example sentences
  • To minimize inhalation of pigmented powder by the animals, only a small amount of powder was applied to the area immediately surrounding the teats of lactating females.
  • The females have no teats and the young feed through numerous tiny openings in the skin of the mother's belly.
  • The backwardly opening pouch of the female encloses two teats.
1.1British A thing resembling this, especially a perforated plastic bulb by which an infant or young animal can suck milk from a bottle.
Example sentences
  • Even with modern plastic bottles and synthetic teats failure of hygienic cleaning and contaminated water supplies can prove lethal.
  • When you bottlefeed, hold your baby close and tip the bottle up so the teat fills with milk, and not air.
  • My youngest memory is sitting up in my pram and cutting the top off my bottle teat with a pair of scissors, I can even describe the room and where I was parked

Origin

Middle English (superseding earlier tit2): from Old French tete, probably of Germanic origin.

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