[ grey-ling ]
/ ˈgreɪ lɪŋ /


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.

Nearby words

  1. grayfish,
  2. grayhound,
  3. graying,
  4. grayish,
  5. graylag,
  6. grayly,
  7. graymail,
  8. grays peak,
  9. graysby,
  10. grayscale

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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British Dictionary definitions for grayling


/ (ˈɡreɪlɪŋ) /

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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