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carline

or car·lin

[ kahr-lin, ker- ]

noun

, Chiefly Scot.
  1. an old woman.
  2. a hag; witch.


carline

1

/ ˈkɑːlɪn /

noun

  1. a Eurasian thistle-like plant, Carlina vulgaris, having spiny leaves and flower heads surrounded by raylike whitish bracts: family Asteraceae (composites) Also calledcarline thistle


carline

2

/ ˈkɑːlɪn /

noun

  1. an old woman, hag, or witch
  2. a variant of carling
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Word History and Origins

Origin of carline1

1350–1400; Middle English (north) kerling < Old Norse: old woman, equivalent to kerl (mutated variant of karl man) + -ing -ing 1
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Word History and Origins

Origin of carline1

C16: from French, probably from Latin cardō thistle

Origin of carline2

C14: from Old Norse kerling old woman, diminutive of karl man, churl
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Example Sentences

Now the carline bade us get ashore, and we did so, and found the land wondrous fair, little as that solaced us then.

There was a carline at Bergthorsknoll, whose name was Saevuna.

Then the carline rose, and her eyes were strange, as if they saw beyond that upon which she looked.

They hadna been a week from her, A week but barely ane, Whan word came to the carline wife That her three sons were gane.

She's a fine fusher, Leddy Carline: faith, she may weel be, for I taucht her mysel'.

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