mortling

[ mawrt-ling ]
/ ˈmɔrt lɪŋ /

noun British.

wool obtained from dead sheep.

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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
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