[ mawrt-ling ]
/ ˈmɔrt lɪŋ /

noun British.

wool obtained from dead sheep.

Origin of mortling

1400–50; earlier morling, late Middle English; probably by suffix substitution from mor(t)kin dead animal < Anglo-French mortekine, for Old French mortecine (≪ Latin morticīnus (of an animal) having died naturally) with final conformed to Middle English -kin -kin; see -ling1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019