- 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 of miltMiddle English milte, probably from Scandinavian (as in Norwegian milt, mjelte), altered (infl. by Old Norse milti, spleen) from base of Old Norse mjolk, milk
- Fish sperm, including the seminal fluid.
- The reproductive glands of male fishes when filled with this fluid.
transitive verbmilt·ed, milt·ing, milts
Origin of miltMiddle English spleen, milt probably partly from Middle Dutch milte spleen, milt and partly from Old English milte spleen ; see mel-1 in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present milts, present participle milting, simple past and past participle milted)
- To impregnate (the roe of a fish) with milt.
From Old English milte, milt (“milt, spleen"), from Proto-Indo-European *(s)meld- (“to beat, grind, crush, weaken"). Cognate to German Milz, Dutch milt, Danish milt, Norwegian milt, Swedish mjÃ¶lke. Outside Germanic, with Albanian mÃ«lÃ§i (“liver").