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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Säugetier n (genitive Säugetiers, plural Säugetiere)

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

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