udder

noun
ud·​der | \ ˈə-dər How to pronounce udder (audio) \

Definition of udder

1 : a large pendulous organ consisting of two or more mammary glands enclosed in a common envelope and each provided with a single nipple — see cow illustration

Examples of udder in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web So First Cow is, in part, a slow-motion heist movie, with Cookie and King-Lu sneaking out just enough liquid gold from the sacred udder to maintain a booming biscuit business. Darren Franich, EW.com, "Nominated for Nothing: First Cow’s West was too wild for the Academy," 20 Apr. 2021 Worse, in searing memory, cows with their hooves, udder and even legs burned off still alive who had to be euthanized. Cheri Lucas Rowlands, Longreads, "Longreads Best of 2020: Essays," 18 Dec. 2020 Sometimes the runts need help getting to a sow’s udder for milk. Adam Belz, Star Tribune, "Minnesota hog farmers fight visa restrictions: 'We need the labor'," 15 Aug. 2020 Their eyes are a liquid brown, their noses inquisitive, their udders homely; small children thrill to their moo. Tad Friend, The New Yorker, "Can a Burger Help Solve Climate Change?," 23 Sep. 2019 For one thing, they’ve been bred to have longer and wider udders, rather than deep ones. Maureen O’hagan, Quartz, "The way we breed cows is setting them up for extinction," 24 June 2019 Marshall has heard from several other Oregon ranchers who reported similar killings on their property over the past few decades — including cows that had been found with their udders, vulvas and tongues removed. oregonlive.com, "Mysterious Oregon cattle killings, mutilations alarm ranchers," 22 Aug. 2019 For one thing, they’ve been bred to have longer and wider udders, rather than deep ones. Maureen O’hagan, Quartz, "The way we breed cows is setting them up for extinction," 24 June 2019 For one thing, they’ve been bred to have longer and wider udders, rather than deep ones. Maureen O’hagan, Quartz, "The way we breed cows is setting them up for extinction," 24 June 2019

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First Known Use of udder

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for udder

Middle English, from Old English ūder; akin to Old High German ūtar udder, Latin uber, Greek outhar, Sanskrit ūdhar

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“Udder.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/udder. Accessed 7 May. 2021.

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udder

noun

English Language Learners Definition of udder

: the bag-shaped part of a cow, goat, etc., that hangs below the belly and produces milk

udder

noun
ud·​der | \ ˈə-dər How to pronounce udder (audio) \

Kids Definition of udder

: a large bag-shaped organ (as of a cow) enclosing two or more milk-producing glands each draining into a separate nipple on the lower surface

udder

noun
ud·​der | \ ˈəd-ər How to pronounce udder (audio) \

Medical Definition of udder

: a large pendulous organ in various mammals and especially a female domestic bovine consisting of two or more mammary glands enclosed in a common envelope and each provided with a single nipple

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