Definition of unweaned in English:



  • (of an infant or other young mammal) not accustomed to food other than its mother's milk.

    ‘the newborn and unweaned child’
    • ‘However, unweaned infants had a similar standardised mortality ratio at all weights at 1 year, including large infants, suggesting that nutritional status at 1 year was unlikely to be a causal factor.’
    • ‘They transported preweaned-preconditioned and unweaned calves to a local auction barn where they were held without feed and water until 1630 h, weighed, and then placed in pens with water only until 0700 h the following morning.’
    • ‘Scattered between the sleeping cats were several cubs of varying ages and both sexes from small unweaned kittens to half-grown yearlings.’
    • ‘The animal should be unweaned, and thus with a high ability to digest milk, and abundant rennin.’
    • ‘While giving concentrates to spring/summer calving suckler cows at this time of the year is uneconomic it could be a convenient method for a part of the herd (the late calvers) that remain unweaned up to the time of housing.’
    • ‘I had some good but not extraordinary suckling pig from the rotisserie with that lovely paper-thin crackling you get from the unweaned animal, and I tried some nice chocolatey venison with a too-sour-for-me cranberry compote.’
    • ‘Breeding seasonality was determined by assigning a date of birth to all unweaned juveniles, defined as dependent pouch-young or young-on-back captured with their mothers during trapping sessions.’
    • ‘A previous study using a more intensive collection schedule reported that weaned foals had elevated cortisol levels through 40 h post - weaning compared with unweaned controls.’
    • ‘Also, the process of weaning foals in stalls, either singly or in pairs, results in elevated plasma cortisol when compared with unweaned controls.’
    • ‘Never buy or sell an unweaned, not fully feathered bird.’



/ˌənˈwēnd/ /ˌənˈwind/