\ ˈmilt How to pronounce milt (audio) \

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 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, "The DNR is again forced to use its secondary sites to collect salmon eggs for stocking," 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,, "Lake Erie walleye boom’s cause is a mystery, but no one is complaining," 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, "A busy time at Issaquah Salmon Hatchery," 2 Oct. 2018 Salmon milt is being used as a substitute for silicon in computers and in LED lighting. Laine Welch, Anchorage Daily News, "Seafood industry seeks new value in fish parts," 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,, "Annual spring ritual of grunion arriving on beaches," 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, "Smith: Wisconsin's Lake Michigan harbors host world-class ice fishing for trout," 13 Jan. 2018 Alaska's seafood catches produce 700 million pounds of internal organs such as milt, livers, stomachs and enzymes. Laine Welch, Anchorage Daily News, "Seafood industry seeks new value in fish parts," 15 Jan. 2018 CPW’s collection crew on Tuesday found few fish able to produce eggs and milt. Bruce Finley, The Denver Post, "Colorado’s rarest fish: greenback cutthroats endure electro-zapping, netting and squeezing as biologists try to save state fish from extinction," 13 June 2017

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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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“Milt.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Dec. 2020.

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Medical Definition of milt

: the sperm-containing fluid of a male fish

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