Säugetier

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Compound of säugen (suckle, give suck) +‎ Tier (animal). Säuge- (from säugen (to suckle) is part of the compound Säugetier ("suckling animal") because female mammals nurse their young with milk, which is secreted from special glands, the mammary glands.

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  • IPA(key): /ˈzɔʏ̯ɡəˌtiːɐ̯/

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Säugetier n (genitive Säugetiers, plural Säugetiere)

  1. mammal
    Die Ameisenigel und das Schnabeltier sind die einzige Säugetiere, die Eier legen. — The spiny anteater and the platypus are the only mammals that lay eggs.

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