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sperm

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From Middle French sperme, from Latin sperma, from Ancient Greek σπέρμα (spérma, seed, semen).

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sperm (countable and uncountable, plural sperm or sperms)

  1. (uncountable) Semen; the generative substance of male animals.
    • 1603, John Florio, translating Michel de Montaigne, Essays, II.12:
      Other Nations there are, that never have use of fire; Others, whose sperme is of a blacke colour.
  2. (cytology) The reproductive cell or gamete of the male; a spermatozoon.
    • 2012, Sarah Whitehouse, The Guardian, 13 Apr 2012:
      Seeing the two little moving cells – the result of her egg and Luke's sperm – was incredible, and two very long weeks later the clinic confirmed I was pregnant.
  3. (chemistry) Sperm oil; whale oil from a sperm whale; spermaceti.

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sperm m (definite singular spermen; uncountable)

  1. sperm

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sperm

  1. Imperative of sperme

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sperm

  1. semen (male reproductory fluid)


This Turkish entry was created from the translations listed at semen. It may be less reliable than other entries, and may be missing parts of speech or additional senses. Please also see sperm in the Turkish Wiktionary. This notice will be removed when the entry is checked. (more information) May 2009