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-lings

1.
variant of -ling2 .
Origin
Middle English -linges. See -ling2, -s1

ling1

[ling] /lɪŋ/
noun, plural (especially collectively) ling (especially referring to two or more kinds or species) lings.
1.
an elongated, marine, gadid food fish, Molva molva, of Greenland and northern Europe.
2.
the burbot.
3.
any of various other elongated food fishes.
Origin
1250-1300; Middle English ling, lenge; cognate with Dutch leng; akin to long1, Old Norse langa

ling2

[ling] /lɪŋ/
noun
1.
the heather, Calluna vulgaris.
Origin
1325-75; Middle English lyng < Old Norse lyng
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British Dictionary definitions for lings

ling1

/lɪŋ/
noun (pl) ling, lings
1.
any of several gadoid food fishes of the northern coastal genus Molva, esp M. molva, having an elongated body with long fins
2.
another name for burbot
Word Origin
C13: probably from Low German; related to long1

ling2

/lɪŋ/
noun
1.
another name for heather (sense 1)
Derived Forms
lingy, adjective
Word Origin
C14: from Old Norse lyng
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Word Origin and History for lings

ling

n.

long, slender fish, c.1300, common Germanic, cf. Dutch leng, German Leng, Old Norse langa, probably ultimately related to long (adj.).

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