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wilding

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[ wahyl-ding ]
/ ˈwaɪl dɪŋ /
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noun
a wild apple tree.
its fruit.
any plant that grows wild.
a plant, originally cultivated, that now grows wild; an escape.
a wild animal.
adjective
not cultivated or domesticated; wild.
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Origin of wilding

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First recorded in 1515–25; wild + -ing3

Other definitions for wilding (2 of 2)

wilding2

noun
the practice by a group of youths of going on a random spree of violent criminal activity.
an instance of this.
adjective
of or relating to such criminal activity: wilding teens; a wilding attack.

Origin of wilding

2
First recorded in 1985–90; wild + -ing1
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British Dictionary definitions for wilding (1 of 2)

wilding
/ (ˈwaɪldɪŋ) /

noun
an uncultivated plant, esp the crab apple, or a cultivated plant that has become wild
a wild animal
Also: wildling

British Dictionary definitions for wilding (2 of 2)

Wilding
/ (ˈwaɪldɪŋ) /

noun
(Frederick) Anthony . 1883–1915, New Zealand tennis player; Wimbledon singles champion (1910–1913) and doubles champion (1907–08, 1910, 1913)
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