from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Fish sperm, including the seminal fluid.
  • n. The reproductive glands of male fishes when filled with this fluid.
  • n. The spleen of certain vertebrate animals, such as cows or pigs.
  • transitive v. To fertilize (fish roe) with milt.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The spleen, especially of an animal bred for food.
  • n. Fish semen.
  • v. To impregnate (the roe of a fish) with milt.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The spleen.
  • n. The spermatic fluid of fishes.
  • n. The testes, or spermaries, of fishes when filled with spermatozoa.
  • transitive v. To impregnate (the roe of a fish) with milt.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To impregnate the roe or spawn of (the female fish).
  • n. In anatomy, the spleen.
  • n. The male generative organ of a fish; the spermatic organ and its secretion; the soft roe, corresponding to the roe or spawn of the female. Sometimes melt.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. fish sperm or sperm-filled reproductive gland; having a creamy texture
  • n. seminal fluid produced by male fish


Middle English, roe, spleen, partly from Middle Dutch milte and partly from Old English milte, spleen; see mel-1 in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old English milte, milt ("milt, spleen"), from Proto-Indo-European *(s)meld- (“to beat, grind, crush, weaken”). Cognate to German Milz, Dutch milt, Danish milt, Norwegian milt, Swedish mjölke. Outside Germanic, with Albanian mëlçi ("liver"). (Wiktionary)



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  • "After salmon started coming to the nets, the food improved. Valentina made sautéed salmon steaks, and a soup of salmon heads and potatoes called ukha, and fried salmon liver and salmon milt with kasha, and salmon eggs and butter on thinly sliced black bread."
    Travels in Siberia by Ian Frazier, p 104

    February 9, 2011

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    July 14, 2009

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    "There is almost no waste to a cod.... Icelanders used to eat the milt, the sperm, in whey. The Japanese still eat cod milt. Stomachs, tripe, and livers are all eaten, and the liver oil is highly valued for its vitamins."
    —Mark Kurlansky, Cod: A Biography of the Fish That Changed the World (New York: Penguin, 1997), 34

    July 14, 2009