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codling

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English

Etymology 1

  • Some dictionaries including Merriam-Webster online list Middle English querdlyng, -lyng being equivalent to modern -ling
  • Some dictionaries including Collins online list “Unknown”.

Alternative spellings

Noun

Singular
codling

Plural
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codling ({{{1}}})
  1. a small, immature apple
  2. any of various greenish, elongated English apple varieties, used for cooking

Etymology 2

From cod (v.) + -ling

Noun

Singular
codling

Plural
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codling ({{{1}}})
  1. a small, young cod
  2. a hake (cod-related food fish), notably from the genus Urophycis

References

  • Webster's Seventh New Collegiate Dictionary, Springfield, Massachusetts, G.&C. Merriam Co., 1967

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