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carline

or car·lin

[ kahr-lin, ker- ]
/ ˈkɑr lɪn, ˈkɛr- /
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noun Chiefly Scot.
an old woman.
a hag; witch.
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Origin of carline

1350–1400; Middle English (north) kerling<Old Norse: old woman, equivalent to kerl (mutated variant of karl man) + -ing-ing1

Other definitions for carline (2 of 2)

car line

noun
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British Dictionary definitions for carline (1 of 2)

carline1
/ (ˈkɑːlɪn) /

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

Word Origin for carline

C16: from French, probably from Latin cardō thistle

British Dictionary definitions for carline (2 of 2)

carline2

carlin

/ (ˈkɑːlɪn) /

noun
mainly Scot an old woman, hag, or witch
a variant of carling

Word Origin for carline

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