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carline

[kahr-lin, ker-] /ˈkɑr lɪn, ˈkɛr-/
noun, Chiefly Scot.
1.
an old woman.
2.
a hag; witch.
Also, carlin.
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English (north) kerling < Old Norse: old woman, equivalent to kerl (mutated variant of karl man) + -ing -ing1
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British Dictionary definitions for carline

carline1

/ˈkɑːlɪn/
noun
1.
a Eurasian thistle-like plant, Carlina vulgaris, having spiny leaves and flower heads surrounded by raylike whitish bracts: family Asteraceae (composites) Also called carline thistle
Word Origin
C16: from French, probably from Latin cardō thistle

carline2

/ˈkɑːlɪn/
noun
1.
(mainly Scot) an old woman, hag, or witch
2.
a variant of carling
Word Origin
C14: from Old Norse kerling old woman, diminutive of karl man, churl

carling

/ˈkɑːlɪŋ/
noun
1.
a fore-and-aft beam in a vessel, used for supporting the deck, esp around a hatchway or other opening
Word Origin
C14: from Old Norse kerling old woman, carline²
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