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Nípple. n.s. [nẏpele, Saxon.]

  1. The teat; the dug; that which the suckling young take into their mouths.

    Tho' tender 'tis to love the babe that milks me. —
    I would, while it was smiling in my face,
    Have pluckt my nipple from his boneless gums.

    In creatures that nourish their young with milk, are adapted the nipples of the breast to the mouth and organs of suction. Ray on the Creation.

  2. The orifice at which any animal liquor is separated.

    In most other birds there is only one gland, in which are divers little cells ending in two or three larger cells, lying under the nipple of the oil bag. Derham's Physico Theol.

Sources: Derham, William (22) · Shakespeare's Macbeth (136) · Ray, John (59)

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