Definition of udder in English:



  • 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.

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Moreover, the percentage of injured teats and/or udders was positively associated with litter size on d 7 and 21 of lactation.’
    • ‘In general, high, wide, and firmly attached udders with appropriate teat size and placement are favorably associated with longevity.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Milk out cows for the first three to six days after calving, making sure the udder and teats are clean’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Even if there's milk in the udder, the pregnancy has to have advanced sufficiently to predict foaling.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘A healthy udder is soft and pliable, and has two well-developed teats.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Milk from cows treated with BGH is likely to contain pus from their udders since the hormone leads to mastitis, or udder infection.’
    • ‘Dr Edwards said the suspicious acts comprised the injection of substances into the udders to enhance the appearance of the udders.’
    • ‘Sheep heads, rams' testicles, udders and jelly from the feet were all prepared for storage.’
    • ‘Critics seemed most impressed that the film-makers had invented the male cow, with udders instead of horns.’


Old English ūder, of West Germanic origin; related to Dutch uier and German Euter.