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codling1

[kod-ling]
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noun
  1. British. any of several varieties of elongated apples, used for cooking purposes.
  2. an unripe, half-grown apple.
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Also cod·lin [kod-lin] /ˈkɒd lɪn/.

Origin of codling1

1400–50; late Middle English querdling, equivalent to querd (of obscure origin) + -ling -ling1

codling2

[kod-ling]
noun
  1. the young of the cod.
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Origin of codling2

Middle English word dating back to 1250–1300; see origin at cod1, -ling1
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Examples from the Web for codling

Historical Examples

  • And I took his bait down like a codling, and served his turn finely.

    Frey and His Wife

    Maurice Henry Hewlett

  • What the codling worm leaves, the caterpillar will destroy, and so on, and so on.

    In Pastures Green

    Peter McArthur

  • It was well, at all events, that Mr. Codling began with good intent.

    The Life of Thomas Wanless, Peasant

    Alexander Johnstone Wilson

  • But it came to an end at last, for Mrs. Codling lost her breath.

    The Life of Thomas Wanless, Peasant

    Alexander Johnstone Wilson

  • Some codling had got caught in the net the same time as we were.


British Dictionary definitions for codling

codling1

codlin (ˈkɒdlɪn)

noun
  1. any of several varieties of long tapering apples used for cooking
  2. any unripe apple
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Word Origin

C15 querdlyng, of uncertain origin

codling2

noun
  1. a codfish, esp a young one
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