- a young duck.
Origin of duckling
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Examples from the Web for duckling
In his six years in Paris, Lebovitz transforms himself from a clueless American duckling into a knowing Parisian swan.An American in Paris—with Brownies
May 8, 2009
“I think I will go out into the wide world,” said the Duckling.
And so the Duckling was admitted on trial for three weeks; but no eggs came.
What loveliness everywhere in a duckling sort of state just now.Hortus Inclusus
And she scratched the Duckling's neck, and stroked his whole body.
"That is because I am so ugly," thought the Duckling, shutting his eyes, but he ran on.
- a young duck
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Word Origin and History for duckling
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