grayling

[grey-ling]
noun
  1. any freshwater fish of the genus Thymallus, related to the trouts but having a longer and higher, brilliantly colored dorsal fin.
  2. 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
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grayling

noun plural -ling or -lings
  1. 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
  2. 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
n.

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

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