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or nurseling

[nurs-ling] /ˈnɜrs lɪŋ/
an infant, child, or young animal being nursed or being cared for by a nurse.
any person or thing under fostering care, influences, or conditions.
Origin of nursling
1550-60; nurse + -ling1 Unabridged
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  • Would she ever turn against her nursling now, above all, when he was showing himself such a son to his old father?

    Mrs. Warren's Daughter Sir Harry Johnston
  • She fed quietly around her nursling, and left the place no more.

  • And with many such homely sayings the rustic consoled her nursling on their little journey, not quite in vain.

  • The faithful soul was doing her best to shield her nursling from danger.

    Seen and Unseen E. Katharine Bates
  • The absurd hours kept in the convent doubtless contribute to the unhealthy appearance of these nursling priests.

  • Karl cast a distrustful glance sideways at my nursling and spoke not.

    The First Violin Jessie Fothergill
  • Oh, no; there is nothing that I have to do that a classical and mathematical scholar and nursling lawyer could understand.

    Ishmael Mrs. E. D. E. N. Southworth
  • It was Aunt Chloe, coming in in search of her nursling, who told Mildred this.

    Mildred at Roselands Martha Finley
  • Count Ambrose and his better-half stayed in the castle; the good mother would never leave her nursling.

    The Memoires of Casanova, Complete Jacques Casanova de Seingalt
  • Their country has indeed been, in a special degree, the nursling of sea power.

    Terre Napoleon Ernest Scott
British Dictionary definitions for nursling


a child or young animal that is being suckled, nursed, or fostered
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Word Origin and History for nursling

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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