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nurseling

[nurs-ling] /ˈnɜrs lɪŋ/
noun
1.

nursling

or nurseling

[nurs-ling] /ˈnɜrs lɪŋ/
noun
1.
an infant, child, or young animal being nursed or being cared for by a nurse.
2.
any person or thing under fostering care, influences, or conditions.
Origin of nursling
1550-1560
1550-60; nurse + -ling1
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  • Heedless of all which, the nurseling took to his spoon-meat, and throve.

  • If the mother is not strong her nurseling will sometimes thrive better upon artificial food than on its natural nourishment.

  • The pile of honey laboriously gathered by the mother will not even be broken in upon by the nurseling for which it was intended.

    The Mason-bees J. Henri Fabre
  • But, if we trust Buchanan, she was always wandering about with Mary, while the nurseling was elsewhere.

  • Bloom stays with nurse a thought to send a kind word to happy mother and nurseling up there.

    Ulysses James Joyce
  • Would she be guilty of such inconceivable maternal aberration as to leave her nurseling without nourishment?

    The Mason-bees J. Henri Fabre
  • In a little while, the Oryctes is a noisome mass on which the nurseling lies poisoned.

    More Hunting Wasps J. Henri Fabre
  • I must also be careful of its legs and mandibles, the least touch of which would rip open the nurseling.

    More Hunting Wasps J. Henri Fabre
  • I give the nurseling, which is an Anthrax-eater, a young Phaneroptera.

    More Hunting Wasps J. Henri Fabre
British Dictionary definitions for nurseling

nursling

/ˈnɜːslɪŋ/
noun
1.
a child or young animal that is being suckled, nursed, or fostered
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Word Origin and History for nurseling

nursling

n.

also nurseling, "object of a nurse's care," 1550s, from nurse (v.) + -ling.

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