One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
The mammary gland of female cattle, sheep, goats, horses, and related ungulates, a baglike organ with two or more teats hanging near the hind legs.
- ‘All that concerned us was to tighten the udders and get the teats underneath.’
- ‘This may be on the teat or where the teat joins the udder.’
- ‘But the automatic machines use lasers to find the udders, and a computer memorizes the configuration of the udder for the next milking.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Critics seemed most impressed that the film-makers had invented the male cow, with udders instead of horns.’
- ‘Milk out cows for the first three to six days after calving, making sure the udder and teats are clean’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘In general, high, wide, and firmly attached udders with appropriate teat size and placement are favorably associated with longevity.’
- ‘Instead it was a mixture of lips, eyelids, eyeballs, nostrils, udders, spare skin, throat, larynx and so forth.’
- ‘A healthy udder is soft and pliable, and has two well-developed teats.’
- ‘Sheep heads, rams' testicles, udders and jelly from the feet were all prepared for storage.’
- ‘Moreover, the percentage of injured teats and/or udders was positively associated with litter size on d 7 and 21 of lactation.’
- ‘Dr Edwards said the suspicious acts comprised the injection of substances into the udders to enhance the appearance of the udders.’
- ‘Milk from cows treated with BGH is likely to contain pus from their udders since the hormone leads to mastitis, or udder infection.’
- ‘Even if there's milk in the udder, the pregnancy has to have advanced sufficiently to predict foaling.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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).’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
Old English ūder, of West Germanic origin; related to Dutch uier and German Euter.
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