Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. milky; resembling milk
  • adj. lacteal; conveying chyle

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Milky; resembling milk.
  • adj. Lacteal; conveying chyle.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Milky; resembling milk.
  • Lacteal; conveying chyle: as, a lacteous vessel.
  • In entomology, white with a very slight bluish-gray tinge, like the color of milk: applied generally to white surfaces which are somewhat translucent.

Etymologies

See lacteal. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • And there might have been other inducements -- such as the hope of getting a few pounds of white sugar, a pitcher of milk (delicious, lacteous fluid, for which we had yearned so often amid the briny waves); and last, but not least, a hamper of blue-nosed potatoes.

    Acadia or, A Month with the Blue Noses

  • "Certainly -- it is a yellowish, fatty substance concocted by human agency supposedly from the lacteous secretion of the graminivorous quadruped familiarly known as the common (or garden) cow."

    The Definite Object A Romance of New York

  • Look contentedly upon the scattered difference of things, and expect not equality in lustre, dignity, or perfection, in regions or persons below; where numerous numbers must be content to stand like lacteous or nebulous stars, little taken notice of, or dim in their generations.

    Library of the World's Best Literature, Ancient and Modern — Volume 6

  • Look contentedly upon the scattered difference of things, and expect not equality, in lustre, dignity, or perfection, in regions or persons below; where numerous numbers must be content to stand like lacteous or nebulous stars, little taken notice of, or dim in their generations.

    Christian Morals

  • There were plenty of professors who were forever assiduously browsing in vales of Enna and on Pentelican slopes among the vestiges of antiquity, slowly secreting lacteous facts, and not one of them would have raised his head from that exquisite pasturage, though Pan had made music through his pipe of reeds.

    Among My Books First Series

  • Socrates was, said that men and beasts were formed of a lacteous slime, expressed by the heat of the earth.

    Aphrodisiacs and Anti-aphrodisiacs: Three Essays on the Powers of Reproduction

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