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duckling

[duhk-ling]
noun
  1. a young duck.
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Origin of duckling

late Middle English word dating back to 1400–50; see origin at duck1, -ling1
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duckling

noun
  1. a young duck
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Word Origin and History for duckling

n.

mid-15c., dookelynge, from duck (n.) + -ling. The ugly duckling is from Hans Christian Andersen's tale (1843 in Danish, by 1846 in English).

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