or nurse·ling

[ nurs-ling ]
/ ˈnɜrs lɪŋ /


an infant, child, or young animal being nursed or being cared for by a nurse.
any person or thing under fostering care, influences, or conditions.


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Origin of nursling

First recorded in 1550–60; nurse + -ling1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for nursling



/ (ˈnɜːslɪŋ) /


a child or young animal that is being suckled, nursed, or fostered
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