Definition of suckle
- a mother suckling her child
- was suckled on pulp magazines
- lambs suckling the ewes
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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First Known Use: 14th centurySee Words from the same year
: to give (a baby or young animal) milk from a breast or from an udder
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