suckle

verb
suck·​le | \ˈsə-kəl \
suckled; suckling\ˈsə-​k(ə-​)liŋ \

Definition of suckle 

transitive verb

1a : 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 in a Sentence

a cat suckling her kittens the image of a mother suckling her babe is a standard artistic symbol of maternal love and nurturing

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Inside, pregnant women and new moms relaxed into pastel poufs; three-week-old babies suckled not far from a two-year-old; a lactation coach suggested alternate positions for a better latch. Laura Regensdorf, Vogue, "The Breastfeeding Movement Is Experiencing a Tech Revolution—Here's How It's Helping New Moms," 11 Sep. 2018 Studies show that in addition to helping babies sleep, lullabies can slow their heart rates, reduce stress, increase their ability to suckle effectively and decrease colic and crying. Malia Wollan, New York Times, "How to Sing a Lullaby," 2 May 2018 The trenches resembled a litter of suckling piglets, and thus a nickname was born: pig iron. Jonathan Schifman, Popular Mechanics, "The Entire History of Steel," 9 July 2018 But when a baby suckles a mom’s breasts, the mother’s brain’s posterior lobe secretes oxytocin, and some of that pain is relieved with the release of milk. Julia Belluz, Vox, "Separating breastfeeding children from mothers is exceptionally cruel," 15 June 2018 What's even stranger is that once the eggs hatched, the creatures suckled their young, like mammals. Matthew Martinez, sacbee, "Fossilized skull found in Utah belongs to newly discovered half mammal, half reptile," 31 May 2018 The Porcellian was founded in 1791 as a gourmet society that held suckling pig dinners as an alternative to the Puritan school's ascetic fare. William Stadiem, Town & Country, "Can Harvard's Storied Final Clubs Resist the Tides of Change?," 2 Aug. 2016 Like Romulus or Remus, I too was suckled by the Roman she-wolf. Joshua Levine, Smithsonian, "Travel to Southern France for a Dazzling Taste of Ancient Rome," 24 May 2018 The artist Saeborg Latex created the largest work in the show, a room-size inflated vinyl pig with suckling piglets. Thomas Hine, Philly.com, "Cary Leibowitz at the ICA: 'I feel sorry for Leona Helmsley'," 21 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of suckle

14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

History and Etymology for suckle

Middle English suklen, probably back-formation from suklyng

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suckle

verb

English Language Learners Definition of suckle

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

suckle

verb
suck·​le | \ˈsə-kəl \
suckled; suckling

Kids Definition of suckle

: to feed from the breast or udder

suck·​le | \ˈsək-əl \
suckled; suckling\-​(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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