lings

-lings

variant of -ling2.

Origin:
Middle English -linges. See -ling2, -s1

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ling

1 [ling]
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

ling

2 [ling]
noun
the heather, Calluna vulgaris.

Origin:
1325–75; Middle English lyng < Old Norse lyng

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ling1 (lɪŋ)
 
n , 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
 
[C13: probably from Low German; related to long1]

ling2 (lɪŋ)
 
n
another name for heather
 
[C14: from Old Norse lyng]
 
'lingy2
 
adj

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