One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
The mammary gland of female cattle, sheep, goats, horses, and related animals, having two or more teats and hanging between the hind legs of the animal.
- ‘He joined what is now the Roslin Institute, near Edinburgh, in 1973, and cloned Dolly the sheep from the udder cell of an adult ewe in February 1997.’
- ‘This may be on the teat or where the teat joins the udder.’
- ‘An embryo can be developed from scratch, without the normal fertilisation process, using a nucleus derived from an adult cell that had already specialised (in this case, a sheep udder cell).’
- ‘Around the bend in the path came a soft, pale, velvety nose, attached to a large, prancing, silky brown body bearing a well-filled udder between the hind legs.’
- ‘But the automatic machines use lasers to find the udders, and a computer memorizes the configuration of the udder for the next milking.’
- ‘Instead it was a mixture of lips, eyelids, eyeballs, nostrils, udders, spare skin, throat, larynx and so forth.’
- ‘Milk out cows for the first three to six days after calving, making sure the udder and teats are clean’
- ‘As soon as you enter the gallery, large udders virtually hit you in the face - udders made of rich yellow (one is tempted to say golden) fleece.’
- ‘Sheep heads, rams' testicles, udders and jelly from the feet were all prepared for storage.’
- ‘A healthy udder is soft and pliable, and has two well-developed teats.’
- ‘Moreover, the percentage of injured teats and/or udders was positively associated with litter size on d 7 and 21 of lactation.’
- ‘A calf that spends the early hours of life licking a dirty udder and hind legs of a cow trying to find a teat is more likely to succumb to disease than a calf in a clean environment that got an early feed of quality colostrum.’
- ‘The procedure may be necessary on some farms to prevent facial injuries to nursing pigs and injuries to sow teats and/or udders; thus, this procedure could be justified on an animal welfare basis.’
- ‘In general, high, wide, and firmly attached udders with appropriate teat size and placement are favorably associated with longevity.’
- ‘Dr Edwards said the suspicious acts comprised the injection of substances into the udders to enhance the appearance of the udders.’
- ‘All that concerned us was to tighten the udders and get the teats underneath.’
- ‘Milk from cows treated with BGH is likely to contain pus from their udders since the hormone leads to mastitis, or udder infection.’
- ‘Julie Morrow-Tesch's experiments with piglets in a maze showed that it was the mother's milk scent on the udder that guided the piglets.’
- ‘Critics seemed most impressed that the film-makers had invented the male cow, with udders instead of horns.’
- ‘Even if there's milk in the udder, the pregnancy has to have advanced sufficiently to predict foaling.’
Old English ūder, of West Germanic origin; related to Dutch uier and German Euter.
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