Middle English Dictionary Entry

tē̆t(e n.
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Definitions (Senses and Subsenses)

(a) A nipple, teat; moder ~; (b) the human female mammary gland, breast [some quots. may belong in (a)]; also, the breast of a humanlike creature; (c) the human male papilla, nipple; (d) the mammary gland of a female animal; also in fig. context [last quot.]; (e) in phrases: from..moder ~, from..tetes, etc., from infancy, from earliest childhood; (f) in asseverations.
A teatlike projection or process in the body.
Fig. (a) A source of spiritual nourishment or guidance; also, a source of encouragement in sin; (b) a source of fruitfulness; drie tetes, barrenness; (c) erotic love; an object of erotic attraction.

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Note: Med., etc., see further J.Norri, Dictionary of Medical Vocabulary, s.v. teat.