- 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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"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
- the nipple of a mammary gland
- (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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
mid-13c., from Old French tete "teat" (12c.), from Proto-Germanic *titta (source of Old English titt, see tit).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- The female breast; mamma.
- A papilla.
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- 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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