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firstling

[furst-ling] /ˈfɜrst lɪŋ/
noun
1.
the first of its kind to be produced or to appear.
2.
first offspring.
3.
a first product or result.
Origin of firstling
1525-1535
First recorded in 1525-35; first + -ling1
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  • 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
  • Yea, I am fair, my firstling; if thou couldst but remember me!

    Poems by the Way William Morris
  • Whoever may be the author, it is the firstling of his dramatic muse, and worth merely a passing mention.

  • And every firstling of an ass thou shalt redeem with a lamb: and all the firstborn of man among thy children shalt thou redeem.

  • But there is an interesting touch of nature in the words the firstling of an ass thou shalt redeem with a lamb.

  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • No matter how crude or how young this firstling might come to seem to her, there would never be such another.

    Bambi Marjorie Benton Cooke
British Dictionary definitions for firstling

firstling

/ˈfɜːstlɪŋ/
noun
1.
the first, esp the first offspring
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