- the reproductive glands of male fishes, esp. when filled with germ cells and the milky fluid containing them
- such cells and fluid; fish sperm
Origin: ME milte, prob. < Scand (as in Norw milt, mjelte), altered (infl. by ON milti, spleen) < base of ON mjolk, milk
- milter noun
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- a. Fish sperm, including the seminal fluid.b. The reproductive glands of male fishes when filled with this fluid.
- The spleen of certain vertebrate animals, such as cows or pigs.
Origin: Middle English, roe, spleen, partly from Middle Dutch milte and partly from Old English milte, spleen; see mel-1 in Indo-European roots.
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