\ ˈtit How to pronounce teat (audio) , ˈtēt How to pronounce teat (audio) \

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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Other Words from teat

teated \ ˈti-​təd How to pronounce teated (audio) , ˈtē-​ \ adjective

Examples of teat in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Our would-be managers and planners are, in fact, useless as teats on a boar hog. Kevin D. Williamson, National Review, "The Democrats’ Clown Car," 4 Feb. 2020 To give up the Queen’s contribution without also giving up that of the Prince, commentators noted, hardly amounts to weaning oneself from the royal teat altogether. Rebecca Mead, The New Yorker, "Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s Royal Flush," 10 Jan. 2020 Cows have stopped feeding calves because their teats are scorched. Anchorage Daily News, "A billion animals might have been caught in Australia’s wildfires. Some could go extinct.," 10 Jan. 2020 Cows munch lazily on hay; newborn piglets suckle their mothers’ teats. Ken Budd, Washington Post, "I spent time in a Kenyan orphanage hoping to make a difference. But was I really helping?," 6 Nov. 2019 Since Beau only has ten teats, Barrett is helping the dog feed the 13 puppies, bottle-feeding those who can’t find a space during feeding time. Kelli Bender, PEOPLE.com, "Labrador Gives Birth to 13 Puppies, One of the Largest Lab Litters: 'They Were Just Flying Out'," 28 Oct. 2019 If one milk meter doesn’t attach to a teat, the machine will record that. Denise Coffey, courant.com, "Robots Do The Milking At Fairholm Farm," 23 Sep. 2019 The Magnolia owner offered a YouTube star a drink of milk, delivering it to him...straight from the cow's teat. Selena Barrientos, House Beautiful, "Watch Fixer Upper Star Chip Gaines Try to Milk a Cow Straight Into a YouTuber's Mouth," 13 Sep. 2019 Mother devils are kinder to the four survivors, carrying them around, attached to their teats, for a hundred days. Brian Handwerk, National Geographic, "'Bad moms' of the animal kingdom are only trying to survive," 10 May 2019

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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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“Teat.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/teat. Accessed 10 Jul. 2020.

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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


\ ˈtit How to pronounce teat (audio) , ˈtēt \

Kids Definition of teat

: nipple sense 1 used mostly of domestic animals


\ ˈtit How to pronounce teat (audio) , ˈtēt How to pronounce teat (audio) \

Medical Definition of teat

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

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