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

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The udder mix-up spilled the bitter truth about the almond milk’s production: it’s being processed in the same facility as cow’s milk, its legen-dairy rival. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "What is milk? Answer muddled after almond milk mixes with cow milk," 6 Aug. 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 There is no need to shave it first (udders are hairy). Jeanette Winterson, The New Yorker, "Anyone Can Milk a Rubber Glove," 4 June 2017 Astronaut’s female descendants are prized for their udder quality and the high butterfat content of their milk. John Kelly, Washington Post, "Remembering a time when Montgomery County was dairy — very dairy, indeed," 10 July 2018 Milking units automatically detach to reduce udder health problems and improve milk quality, while cow ID transponders let farmers automatically record production data. Smithsonian, "This Connecticut Farm Is Milking Cows for Data," 11 July 2018 The first person to touch an udder was one of the Shamrock Farms handlers because like any big competition, the Milk Off started with a warm-up. Katherine Fitzgerald, azcentral, "Andrew Chafin takes first place in Diamondbacks' cow-milking competition," 12 June 2018 To avoid milk going bad, some babies were held to animals' udders to suckle. Zlati Meyer, USA TODAY, "Got 'Milk!'? Mark Kurlansky's latest food history goes down smoothly," 25 May 2018 The company partially attributes the minimal travel distance from udder to ice cream churn for the elimination of the tang in typical goat’s milk products. Grace Dickinson, Philly.com, "Beyond bugs: 12 unique (and strange) ingredients at Mom's Organic Market and what to do with them," 16 May 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of udder

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


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


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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