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mortling

[mawrt-ling]
noun British.
  1. 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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