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milt

[ milt ]
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noun

the sperm-containing secretion of the testes of fishes.
the testes and sperm ducts when filled with this secretion.

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RELATED WORDS

grudge, choler, wrath, spite, melancholy, hostility, lien, malice, resentment, caprice, dislike, whim, anger, hatred, rancor, ire, depression, sperm

Nearby words

milquetoast, milreis, milroy's disease, milstein, milstein, nathan, milt, milter, miltiades, milton, milton keynes, milton work count

Origin of milt

before 900; Middle English milte, milt, Old English milte spleen; cognate with German Milz, Middle Dutch milte milt, spleen; akin to melt2
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British Dictionary definitions for milt

milt

/ (mɪlt) /

noun

the testis of a fish
the spermatozoa and seminal fluid produced by a fish
rare the spleen of certain animals, esp fowls and pigs

verb

to fertilize (the roe of a female fish) with milt, esp artificially

Word Origin for milt

Old English milte spleen; in the sense: fish sperm, probably from Middle Dutch milte
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Word Origin and History for milt

milt


n.

Old English milte "spleen," from Proto-Germanic *miltjo- (cf. Old Frisian milte, Middle Dutch milte, Dutch milt "spleen, milt of fish," Old High German milzi, German milz, Old Norse milti). Meaning "fish sperm" is late 15c.

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Science definitions for milt

milt

[ mĭlt ]

Fish sperm, together with the milky liquid that contains them.
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