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starveling

[stahrv-ling] /ˈstɑrv lɪŋ/
noun
1.
a person, animal, or plant that is starving.
adjective
2.
starving; suffering from lack of nourishment.
3.
pining with want.
5.
poor in condition or quality.
6.
such as to entail or suggest starvation.
Origin
1540-1550
1540-50; starve + -ling1
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starveling

/ˈstɑːvlɪŋ/
noun
1.
  1. a starving or poorly fed person, animal, etc
  2. (as modifier): a starveling child
adjective
2.
insufficient; meagre; scant
Word Origin
C16: from starve + -ling1
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