mortling

[ mawrt-ling ]
/ ˈmɔrt lɪŋ /

noun British.

wool obtained from dead sheep.

Nearby words

  1. mortise,
  2. mortise block,
  3. mortise chisel,
  4. mortise joint,
  5. mortise lock,
  6. mortmain,
  7. morton,
  8. morton grove,
  9. morton's syndrome,
  10. morton, jelly roll

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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