or ridg·ling


noun Veterinary Medicine.

any male animal, especially a colt, with undescended testicles.

Nearby words

  1. ridgecrest,
  2. ridged,
  3. ridgefield,
  4. ridgefield park,
  5. ridgeline,
  6. ridgepole,
  7. ridgetree,
  8. ridgeway,
  9. ridgewood,
  10. ridgil

Origin of ridgeling

1545–55; perhaps ridge + -ling1, from the belief that the undescended organs were in the animal's back

Also called ridg·el, ridg·il [rij-uh l] /ˈrɪdʒ əl/.

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British Dictionary definitions for ridgeling


ridgling ridgel (ˈrɪdʒəl)


a domestic male animal with one or both testicles undescended, esp a horse
an imperfectly castrated male domestic animal

Word Origin for ridgeling

C16: perhaps from ridge, from the belief that the undescended testicles were near the animal's ridge or back

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