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n. pl. ling or lings
Any of various marine food fishes closely related to and resembling the cod, especially Molva molva of northern Atlantic waters, having a long body and a barbel on the chin.
[Middle English, from Old Norse lyng.]
n, pl ling or lings
1. (Animals) any of several gadoid food fishes of the northern coastal genus Molva, esp M. molva, having an elongated body with long fins
2. (Animals) another name for burbot
[C13: probably from Low German; related to long1]
(Plants) another name for heather1
[C14: from Old Norse lyng]
n., pl. (esp. collectively) ling, (esp. for kinds or species) lings.
1. an elongated, codlike marine food fish, Molva molva, of Greenland and N Europe.
2. the burbot.
3. any of various other elongated food fishes.
[1250–1300; Middle English ling, lenge; akin to early Dutch linghe, lenghe, Old Norse langa, and to long1]
the heather, Calluna vulgaris.
[1325–75; Middle English < Old Norse lyng]
a suffix of nouns, often pejorative, denoting one concerned with (hireling; underling) or forming a diminutive (princeling; duckling).
[Middle English, Old English, c. Old Saxon, Old High German -ling, Old Norse -lingr, Gothic -liggs; see -le, -ing1]
an adverbial suffix expressing direction, position, or state: darkling.
[Middle English, Old English; adv. use of gradational variant of lang long1]
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|Noun||1.||ling - water chestnut whose spiny fruit has two rather than 4 prongs|
|2.||ling - common Old World heath represented by many varieties; low evergreen grown widely in the northern hemisphere|
heath - a low evergreen shrub of the family Ericaceae; has small bell-shaped pink or purple flowers
|3.||ling - elongated marine food fish of Greenland and northern Europe; often salted and dried|
|4.||ling - American hakes|
hake - any of several marine food fishes related to cod
|5.||ling - elongate freshwater cod of northern Europe and Asia and North America having barbels around its mouth|