from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- intransitive v. To secrete or produce milk.
- n. A salt or an ester of lactic acid.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To secrete or produce milk
- n. Any salt or ester of lactic acid
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A salt of lactic acid.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To secrete milk.
- To give suck or perform the function of lactation.
- To convert into milk; cause to resemble milk.
- n. In chem., a salt of lactic acid, or the acid of sour milk. The lactates are soluble in water, and many of them are uncrystallizable.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a salt or ester of lactic acid
- v. give suck to
Latin lactāre, lactāt-, from lac, lact-, milk; see lacto-.
lact(o)- + -ate2.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin lactātus, perfect passive participle of lactō ("contain milk, give suck"), from lac ("milk"), cognate to Ancient Greek γάλα (gala, "milk"). (Wiktionary)