teat

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n teat the small projection of a mammary gland
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Dutch engineers have developed a computerized machine that allows a cow to milk itself. Each cow in the herd has a computer chip in its collar. If the computer senses that the cow has not been milked in a given period of time, the milk-laden animal is allowed to enter the stall. The robot sensors locate the teats, apply the vacuum devices, and the cow is milked. The machine costs a mere $250,000 and is said to boost milk production by 15%.
    • Teat (Mach) A small protuberance or nozzle resembling the teat of an animal.
    • Teat The protuberance through which milk is drawn from the udder or breast of a mammal; a nipple; a pap; a mammilla; a dug; a tit.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: A female swine, or a sow, will always have a even number of teats or nipples, usually twelve.
    • n teat The mammary nipple; the tip of the mammary gland, through which milk passes out, or is drawn out by sucking or squeezing; the pap of a woman or the dug of a beast. In woman the teat is a delicate, elastic, erectile tissue of a pink or brownish tint, in which the lactiferous ducts come together to open at the end. Throughout the Mammalia the mammary glands are furnished with teats, except in the nippleless monotremes. Teats are generally single, one for each gland, but may be several, as the four of a cow's compound udder.
    • n teat Hence, the mammary gland; the breast; the udder.
    • n teat Something resembling a teat, as a nozle.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Teat tēt the nipple of the female breast through which the young suck the milk
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Quotations

  • Isak Dinesen
    Isak Dinesen
    “The cure for anything is salt water -- sweat, teats, or the sea.”

Idioms

Suck hind teat - A person who sucks hind teat is at a disadvantage or considered worse or less important that others.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. tete, titte, AS. tit, titt,; akin to LG. & OD. titte, D. tet, G. zitze,: cf. F. tette, probably of Teutonic origin
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. tit; cog. with Ger. zitze; or perh. through O. Fr. tete, from Teut.

Usage

In literature:

The young were in her pouch, each clinging to its teat, dead.
"Squirrels and Other Fur-Bearers" by John Burroughs
Some had their mouths fixed to teats.
"Cat and Mouse" by Ralph Williams
Whence the teat may properly be called an organ of sense.
"Zoonomia, Vol. II" by Erasmus Darwin
Collect a few drops of human blood, under all aseptic conditions, in a sterile capillary teat pipette.
"The Elements of Bacteriological Technique" by John William Henry Eyre
Didn't you see it suckin' at this 'un afore I pulled it from the teat?
"The Ocean Waifs" by Mayne Reid
I grabbed the pail with one hand and a teat with the other.
"The Busted Ex-Texan and Other Stories" by W. H. H. Murray
Thelephoraceae is from two Greek words, a teat and to bear.
"The Mushroom, Edible and Otherwise" by M. E. Hard
Some have observed that the cow's teats are then tender.
"North American Medical and Surgical Journal, Vol. 2, No. 3, July, 1826" by Various
She tugged at the teats.
"My Secret Life, Volumes I. to III." by Anonymous
The youngster was at the awkward age, free of the teat, yet unable to travel alone.
"Finn The Wolfhound" by A. J. Dawson
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In poetry:

'The baby new to earth and sky,'
As Tennyson has written,
Just goes ahead and sucks a teat
Like to-day's great men in Britain.
"The Baby" by Ezra Pound
The heavy cows go laboring
In agony with clotted teats;
My hands are slack; my blood is cold;
I marvel that my heart still beats.
"The Loss Of Love" by Countee Cullen
Cast the bantling on the rocks,
Suckle him with the she-wolf's teat,
Wintered with the hawk and fox,
Power and speed be hands and feet.
"Quatrains" by Ralph Waldo Emerson
Indulge the sportive lambkins with the teat,
But check the rams' perverseness with the crook —
Be mild unto the guileless folk, but treat
With sternness those that won't good doctrine brook.
"The Duty Of Clergymen" by Rees Prichard
Why should we linger, when all things pass?
We have buried old Winter beneath the grass,
Seen the first larch break, heard the first lamb bleat,
Watched the first foal stoop to its mother's teat:
"The Passing Of The Primroses" by Alfred Austin
But while he shore so mighty clean, and while he screened the teat,
He fancied there was something wrong about the Boss’s feet:
The boot grew unfamiliar, and the odd shoe seemed awry,
And slowly up the trouser went the tail of Bogan’s eye,
"The Boss's Boots" by Henry Lawson

In news:

Those selfish Wisconsin teachers, sucking off the teat of the public sector with thier health care, 3 month vacations and king-like $50,000 a year salary.
Hydrated lime was the only bedding treatment that significantly reduced certain mastitis-causing bacteria on both free-stall mattresses and teat ends, according to research from the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine.
INTERVIEWS Tom Morello Calls Paul Ryan a 'Jackass,' Says Obama Sucks the 'Corporate Teat '.
Technocratic maternalism: Latching on to the government teat .
This program provides hands-on training to reinforce best milking practices, including proper stimulation, teat-end health and essentials of milk let-down.
The machine has a full history of that cow's milk production and feeding habits, based on previous visits, and can tailor the amount of feed the cow receives and the rate of pulsation at the teat to produce the most milk .
She demonstrated how I needed to lock the milk into one of the goat's teats, and then force the milk into the bucket with the middle, ring and pinky finger following with pressure in sequence.
The state budget is not a great sow, to be milked by the piglets who can get close to the teats.
INTERVIEWS Tom Morello Calls Paul Ryan a 'Jackass,' Says Obama Sucks the 'Corporate Teat'.
When a cow decides she needs to be milked, she walks up to a booth where a mechanical arm cleans her udder and attaches laser-guided couplers to each teat.
A Tool Box for Assessing Cow, Udder and Teat Hygiene.
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In science:

The data are well described by the predictions from the H1 NLO QCD fit in which the c and b quarks are teated in the “massless” scheme.
Heavy Flavours: experimental summary
In this paper, the ratio of the radial distances to the inner boundary ri and the null charge surface of the rotating dipole rn , which is a function of the azimuthal angle, is teated as a model parameters, and is assumed to be constant for each field line as described in section 2.1.
Polarization of high-energy emissions from the Crab pulsar
As before, we shall restrict attention to the treatment of the first component of ˜Ωq , the second one can be teated in a similar way.
Low Mach number limit for the isentropic Euler system with axisymmetric initial data
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