\ ˈtit, ˈtēt \

Definition of teat

1 : the protuberance through which milk is drawn from an udder or breast : nipple
2 : a small projection or a nib (as on a mechanical part)

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teated \ ˈti-​təd , ˈtē-​ \ adjective

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For example, the algorithm may suggest adjusting the type of teat drip, the nutritional content of the feed or the amount of time each cow spends feeding. Smithsonian, "This Connecticut Farm Is Milking Cows for Data," 11 July 2018 While the cows chow, a robotic arm, similar to the kind that pops quarter panels onto frames in auto factories, swerves into position under the cow’s udder, where lasers guide the gripper toward the teats to clean them. Jason Nark, Philly.com, "Down on the farm with the robots and drones," 5 July 2018 Hold it in the non-milking hand, and, with the active hand, this: Index finger and thumb two inches above the teat, gripping it like a nipple. Jeanette Winterson, The New Yorker, "Anyone Can Milk a Rubber Glove," 4 June 2017 The unflappable Luke Skywalker, formerly a shimmering, golden Jedi, has become an aged, crotchety beard-o who drinks green sludge from the teat of a space aardvark. Steve Heisler, Chicago Reader, "Archive Dive / Arts / Film May the fourth be with you, even if the Reader's critics rarely become one with the force," 4 May 2018 The lucky ones latch onto the teat and stay attached for up to 3 months. Cheryl Conley, Houston Chronicle, "Totally awesome opossum help us fight bugs, snakes," 20 Mar. 2018 The babies make their way to mama's pouch where only 13 teats are available. Cheryl Conley, Houston Chronicle, "Totally awesome opossum help us fight bugs, snakes," 20 Mar. 2018 For an elephant, keepers had to trick a nursing mother into letting them stimulate one of her teats. Serena Solomon, New York Times, "Saving Koalas, and Other Marsupials, With Milk Almost as Good as Mom’s," 24 Feb. 2018 The 27-year-old full-back escaped unhurt but is said to have failed a breathalyzer teat after the 5.30am crash in the streets of the Italian capital. Afp, chicagotribune.com, "Roma drop, fine Bruno Peres after car carsh," 10 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of teat

12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for teat

Middle English tete, in part from Old English tit; in part from Anglo-French, of Germanic origin; akin to Old English tit teat, Middle High German zitze

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The first known use of teat was in the 12th century

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English Language Learners Definition of teat

: the part of a female animal (such as a cow) through which a young animal receives milk


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Kids Definition of teat

: nipple sense 1 used mostly of domestic animals


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Medical Definition of teat

: the protuberance through which milk is drawn from an udder or breast : nipple

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