[teet, tit]


the protuberance on the breast or udder in female mammals, except the monotremes, through which the milk ducts discharge; nipple or mammilla.
something resembling a teat.

Origin of teat

1250–1300; Middle English tete < Old French < Germanic; see tit2
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Related Words for teat

chest, bosom, nipple, bust, teats, front, udder, mammilla

Examples from the Web for teat

Historical Examples of teat

  • "Teat it, papa," and he laid his little head on papa's breast with perfect confidence that the pain would soon be gone.

    The Right Knock

    Helen Van-Anderson

British Dictionary definitions for teat



  1. the nipple of a mammary gland
  2. (in cows, etc) any of the projections from the udder through which milk is dischargedSee nipple
something resembling a teat in shape or function, such as the rubber mouthpiece of a feeding bottle

Word Origin for teat

C13: from Old French tete, of Germanic origin; compare Old English titt, Middle High German zitze
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Word Origin and History for teat

mid-13c., from Old French tete "teat" (12c.), from Proto-Germanic *titta (source of Old English titt, see tit).

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teat in Medicine


[tēt, tĭt]


The female breast; mamma.
A papilla.
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teat in Science


[tēt, tĭt]

A small projection near the center of the mammary gland of many female mammals that contains the outlet of the milk ducts. Each teat contains a single milk duct, while nipples each contain more than one.
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