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milt

[milt]
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noun
  1. the sperm-containing secretion of the testes of fishes.
  2. the testes and sperm ducts when filled with this secretion.
  3. melt2.
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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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Related Words for milt

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

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Historical Examples of milt

  • At the same time the male was expelling what in fish is known as the milt.

    The Meaning of Evolution

    Samuel Christian Schmucker

  • "I'll—I'll go home with you, if you want me to, 'stead of with Milt," she quavered.

    Prairie Folks

    Hamlin Garland

  • "Hello, Milt," said a familiar voice as he reined Marc close to the step.

    Prairie Folks

    Hamlin Garland

  • Just hold on a minute and you'll see Milt Richardson pokin' along this way.

  • Milt scowled and looked as though he wished he hadn't said that.

    Vital Ingredient

    Gerald Vance


British Dictionary definitions for milt

milt

noun
  1. the testis of a fish
  2. the spermatozoa and seminal fluid produced by a fish
  3. rare the spleen of certain animals, esp fowls and pigs
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verb
  1. to fertilize (the roe of a female fish) with milt, esp artificially
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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

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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milt in Science

milt

[mĭlt]
  1. Fish sperm, together with the milky liquid that contains them.
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