nurseling

[nurs-ling]

nursling

or nurse·ling

[nurs-ling]
noun
  1. an infant, child, or young animal being nursed or being cared for by a nurse.
  2. any person or thing under fostering care, influences, or conditions.

Origin of nursling

First recorded in 1550–60; nurse + -ling1
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Examples from the Web for nurseling

Historical Examples of nurseling

  • I give the nurseling, which is an Anthrax-eater, a young Phaneroptera.

    More Hunting Wasps

    J. Henri Fabre

  • I must also be careful of its legs and mandibles, the least touch of which would rip open the nurseling.

    More Hunting Wasps

    J. Henri Fabre

  • In a little while, the Oryctes is a noisome mass on which the nurseling lies poisoned.

    More Hunting Wasps

    J. Henri Fabre

  • If the mother is not strong her nurseling will sometimes thrive better upon artificial food than on its natural nourishment.

  • Would she be guilty of such inconceivable maternal aberration as to leave her nurseling without nourishment?

    The Mason-bees

    J. Henri Fabre


British Dictionary definitions for nurseling

nursling

nurseling

noun
  1. a child or young animal that is being suckled, nursed, or fostered
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Word Origin and History for nurseling

nursling

n.

also nurseling, "object of a nurse's care," 1550s, from nurse (v.) + -ling.

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