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Definition of milt

: the sperm-containing fluid of a male fish

Examples of milt in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The eggs are only permeable for a matter of seconds, said Leist, so the males must move in and release their milt, a milky substance containing millions of sperm, immediately after the female spawns. Tara Duggan, San Francisco Chronicle, 4 Jan. 2022 Squirt — Males are bent and squeezed by an assembly line worker in a manner that shoots their milt into little plastic cups with dart-throwing precision., 2 Sep. 2021 The eggs are mixed with milt from male fish and delivered to state hatcheries where the resulting fish are raised to fingerling or yearling sizes, depending on stocking strategies. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 13 Sep. 2020 Walleye are broadcast spawners, spraying eggs and milt on gravel and limestone reefs in Lake Erie and in the Sandusky and Maumee rivers. D'arcy Egan,, 13 July 2019 Salmon are heading up Issaquah Creek to spawn, and staff and volunteers at Issaquah Salmon Hatchery are at work, too, collecting fish for their eggs and milt. Alan Berner, The Seattle Times, 2 Oct. 2018 Salmon milt is being used as a substitute for silicon in computers and in LED lighting. Laine Welch, Anchorage Daily News, 15 Jan. 2018 Eggs are then deposited and males curve around the female and release milt that flows into the nest and fertilizes the eggs. Ernie Cowan Outdoors,, 28 Apr. 2018 One female oozed eggs as it was released and one male deposited milt on the ice. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 13 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of milt

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for milt

probably from Middle Dutch milte milt of fish, spleen; akin to Old English milte spleen — more at melt

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9 Jan 2022

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“Milt.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Jan. 2022.

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Medical Definition of milt

: the sperm-containing fluid of a male fish


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