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[furst-ling] /ˈfɜrst lɪŋ/
the first of its kind to be produced or to appear.
first offspring.
a first product or result.
Origin of firstling
First recorded in 1525-35; first + -ling1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Whoever may be the author, it is the firstling of his dramatic muse, and worth merely a passing mention.

  • The firstling of his bullock, majesty is his; and his horns are the horns of the wild-ox.

    The Astronomy of the Bible E. Walter Maunder
  • And every firstling of an ass thou shalt redeem with a lamb: and all the firstborn of man among thy children shalt thou redeem.

  • Yea, I am fair, my firstling; if thou couldst but remember me!

    Poems by the Way William Morris
  • Many a firstling of verse found its way to her, inscribed with reverent or loving words by the author.

    Julia Ward Howe Laura E. Richards
  • But there is an interesting touch of nature in the words the firstling of an ass thou shalt redeem with a lamb.

  • Cain did bring a kid, yea, a firstling upon the altar, and the blaze ascended not.

  • The pastoral nomad brings the firstling of his flocks; the more advanced agriculturist adds the produce of the ground.

    Comparative Religion J. Estlin Carpenter
  • He, however, who would be a firstling, let him take care lest he also become a lastling!

    Thus Spake Zarathustra Friedrich Nietzsche
  • The dandelion was the earliest flower to stir the children's memories; in New England it is "the firstling of the year."

    Child Life in Colonial Days Alice Morse Earle
British Dictionary definitions for firstling


the first, esp the first offspring
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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