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carline

or carlin

[kahr-lin, ker-] /ˈkɑr lɪn, ˈkɛr-/
noun, Chiefly Scot.
1.
an old woman.
2.
a hag; witch.
Origin of carline
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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  • The Mongolian came in from the kitchen and carlin interrogated him.

    The Comstock Club Charles Carroll Goodwin
  • Well, the man in the bank at carlin called up the bank of Calias, and they said the money was there.

    The Conquest Oscar Micheaux
  • The express which passes here at seven-thirty stops at carlin, six miles north of this station.

  • carlin had leaped from the train while yet it was moving quite rapidly.

    The Comstock Club Charles Carroll Goodwin
  • When he found himself able to think, he determined that his first move must be to find carlin, and that very night.

    Felix O'Day F. Hopkinson Smith
British Dictionary definitions for carlin

carlin

/ˈkɑːlɪn/
noun
1.
another name for pug1
Word Origin
C18: named after a French actor who played Harlequin, because of the resemblance of the dog's face to the black mask of the Harlequin

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
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