any freshwater fish of the genus Thymallus, related to the trouts but having a longer and higher, brilliantly colored dorsal fin.
any of several grayish or brownish satyr butterflies.

Origin of grayling

late Middle English word dating back to 1400–50; see origin at gray1, -ling1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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noun plural -ling or -lings

any freshwater salmonoid food fish of the genus Thymallus and family Thymallidae, of the N hemisphere, having a long spiny dorsal fin, a silvery back, and greyish-green sides
any butterfly of the satyrid genus Hipparchia and related genera, esp H. semele of Europe, having grey or greyish-brown wings
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Word Origin and History for grayling

trout-like freshwater fish, early 14c., from gray + diminutive suffix -ling.

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