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[ ling ]
/ lɪŋ /
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noun, plural (especially collectively) ling, (especially referring to two or more kinds or species) lings.
an elongated, marine, gadid food fish, Molva molva, of Greenland and northern Europe.
the burbot.
any of various other elongated food fishes.
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Origin of ling

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1250–1300; Middle English ling, lenge; cognate with Dutch leng; akin to long1, Old Norse langa

Other definitions for ling (2 of 5)

ling2
[ ling ]
/ lɪŋ /

noun
the heather, Calluna vulgaris.

Origin of ling

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1325–75; Middle English lyng<Old Norse lyng

Other definitions for ling (3 of 5)

-ling1

a suffix of nouns, often pejorative, denoting one concerned with (hireling; underling), or diminutive (princeling; duckling).

Origin of -ling

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Middle English, Old English; cognate with German -ling,Old Norse -lingr,Gothic -lings;see -le, -ing1

Other definitions for ling (4 of 5)

-ling2

an adverbial suffix expressing direction, position, state, etc.: darkling; sideling.

Origin of -ling

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Middle English, Old English; adv. use of gradational variant langlong1

Other definitions for ling (5 of 5)

ling.

abbreviation
linguistics.
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British Dictionary definitions for ling (1 of 5)

ling1
/ (lɪŋ) /

noun plural ling or lings
any of several gadoid food fishes of the northern coastal genus Molva, esp M. molva, having an elongated body with long fins
another name for burbot

Word Origin for ling

C13: probably from Low German; related to long 1

British Dictionary definitions for ling (2 of 5)

ling2
/ (lɪŋ) /

noun
another name for heather (def. 1)

Derived forms of ling

lingy, adjective

Word Origin for ling

C14: from Old Norse lyng

British Dictionary definitions for ling (3 of 5)

-ling1

suffix forming nouns
often derogatory a person or thing belonging to or associated with the group, activity, or quality specifiednestling; underling
used as a diminutiveduckling

Word Origin for -ling

Old English -ling, of Germanic origin; related to Icelandic -lingr, Gothic -lings

British Dictionary definitions for ling (4 of 5)

-ling2

suffix forming adverbs
in a specified condition, manner, or directiondarkling; sideling

Word Origin for -ling

Old English -ling, adverbial suffix

British Dictionary definitions for ling (5 of 5)

ling.

abbreviation for
linguistics
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