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suckle

verb suck·le \ˈsə-kəl\

: to give (a baby or young animal) milk from a breast or from an udder

suck·ledsuck·ling \-k(ə-)liŋ\

Full Definition of SUCKLE

transitive verb
1
a :  to give milk to from the breast or udder <a mother suckling her child>
b :  to nurture as if by giving milk from the breast <was suckled on pulp magazines>
2
:  to draw milk from the breast or udder of <lambs suckling the ewes>
intransitive verb
:  to draw milk from the breast or udder
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Examples of SUCKLE

  1. a cat suckling her kittens
  2. <the image of a mother suckling her babe is a standard artistic symbol of maternal love and nurturing>

Origin of SUCKLE

Middle English suklen, probably back-formation from suklyng
First Known Use: 14th century

Related to SUCKLE

Synonyms
breast-feed, nurse, wet-nurse

Rhymes with SUCKLE

SUCKLED Defined for Kids

suckle

verb suck·le \ˈsə-kəl\
suck·ledsuck·ling

Definition of SUCKLE for Kids

:  to feed from the breast or udder
Medical Dictionary

suckle

transitive verb suck·le \ˈsək-əl\
suck·ledsuck·ling \-(ə-)liŋ\

Medical Definition of SUCKLE

1
:  to give milk to from the breast or udder <a mother suckling her child>
2
:  to draw milk from the breast or udder of

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