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nursling

[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.
Also, nurseling.
Origin
1550-1560
1550-60; nurse + -ling1
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British Dictionary definitions for nursling

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 nursling
n.

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

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