[ teet, tit ]
/ tit, tɪt /


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.


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Origin of teat

1250–1300; Middle English tete < Old French < Germanic; see tit2
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Example sentences from the Web for 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

/ (tiːt) /


  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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Medical definitions for teat

[ tēt, tĭt ]


The female breast; mamma.
A papilla.
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Scientific definitions for teat

[ 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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