suckle

verb
suck·​le | \ ˈsə-kəl How to pronounce suckle (audio) \
suckled; suckling\ ˈsə-​k(ə-​)liŋ How to pronounce suckle (audio) \

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
Recent Examples on the Web Suction feeding is also a staple among certain marine mammals, such as whales and and seals, and, arguably, all animals that suckle from their mother after birth. Katherine J. Wu, The Atlantic, 1 June 2021 Observed off the coast of a Russian island, walrus moms tend to keep their babies on the left while bobbing along the waves, and their calves swam over to their mother’s left side before diving to suckle. Abigail Tucker, Smithsonian Magazine, 7 May 2021 The last straw happened when Hera agreed to suckle the baby Heracles, a nice, forgiving gesture. Brian T. Allen, National Review, 30 Oct. 2020 But to his mind, there was a clumsy, and perhaps stupid, logic informing a country that allowed the historical difficulties that marked its conception to suckle so freely at the national breast. Caryl Phillips, The New York Review of Books, 29 July 2020 Successive Egyptian leaders have indulged in grandiose schemes that suckle from the river, including Mr. el-Sisi, who is building a sprawling new administrative capital in the desert outside Cairo that experts say will deplete the Nile further. Declan Walsh And Somini Sengupta Graphics By Jeremy White Photographs By Laura Boushnak, New York Times, 9 Feb. 2020 Some slaves, Jones-Rogers could say, were even known to serve as wet nurses, suckling the babes of their white counterparts. Nathan Deuel, Los Angeles Times, 17 Apr. 2020 Successive Egyptian leaders have indulged in grandiose schemes that suckle from the river, including el-Sissi, who is building a sprawling new administrative capital in the desert outside Cairo that experts said will deplete the Nile further. Declan Walsh, BostonGlobe.com, 9 Feb. 2020 Classic dishes will reappear on the menu, too, like bluefish wrapped in pancetta, suckling pig, and chorizo-stuffed lamb leg in addition to Goin’s latest menu for spring, which launched today. Ellen Fort, Sunset Magazine, 11 Mar. 2020

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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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The first known use of suckle was in the 14th century

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7 Jun 2021

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“Suckle.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/suckle. Accessed 15 Jun. 2021.

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More Definitions for suckle

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 How to pronounce suckle (audio) \
suckled; suckling

Kids Definition of suckle

: to feed from the breast or udder
suck·​le | \ ˈsək-əl How to pronounce suckle (audio) \
suckled; suckling\ -​(ə-​)liŋ How to pronounce suckle (audio) \

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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