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rockling

[rok-ling]
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noun, plural rock·lings, (especially collectively) rock·ling.
  1. any of several small cods of the genera Enchalyopus and Gaidropsarus, found in the North Atlantic.

Origin of rockling

First recorded in 1595–1605; rock1 + -ling1
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  • At Rockling Station I saw some very fine orange trees, full of splendid fruit.

    A start in life

    C. F. Dowsett


British Dictionary definitions for rockling

rockling

noun plural -lings or -ling
  1. any small gadoid fish of the genera Gaidropsarus, Ciliata, etc (formerly all included in Motella), which have an elongated body with barbels around the mouth and occur mainly in the North Atlantic Ocean

Word Origin

C17: from rock 1 + -ling 1
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