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1. The first of a kind or category.
2. A firstborn offspring.


the first, esp the first offspring


(ˈfɜrst lɪŋ)

1. the first of its kind to be produced or to appear.
2. a first offspring.
3. a first product or result.
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And when the season of frost comes on, stitch together skins of firstling kids with ox-sinew, to put over your back and to keep off the rain.
But at that time let me have a shady rock and wine of Biblis, a clot of curds and milk of drained goats with the flesh of an heifer fed in the woods, that has never calved, and of firstling kids; then also let me drink bright wine, sitting in the shade, when my heart is satisfied with food, and so, turning my head to face the fresh Zephyr, from the everflowing spring which pours down unfouled thrice pour an offering of water, but make a fourth libation of wine.
It is a firstling of the flock," said Abel-Phittim, "I know him by the bleating of his lips, and the innocent folding of his limbs.
Take your home aim then, and pray to Lycian Apollo, the famous archer; vow that when you get home to your strong city of Zelea you will offer a hecatomb of firstling lambs in his honour.
He laid the arrow on the string and prayed to Lycian Apollo, the famous archer, vowing that when he got home to his strong city of Zelea he would offer a hecatomb of firstling lambs in his honour.
We, the new, the nameless, the hard-to-understand,"--it says there,--"we firstlings of a yet untried future--we require for a new end also a new means, namely, a new healthiness, stronger, sharper, tougher, bolder and merrier than all healthiness hitherto.
His eyes he op'nd, and beheld a field, Part arable and tilth, whereon were Sheaves New reapt, the other part sheep-walks and foulds; Ith' midst an Altar as the Land-mark stood Rustic, of grassie sord; thither anon A sweatie Reaper from his Tillage brought First Fruits, the green Eare, and the yellow Sheaf, Uncull'd, as came to hand; a Shepherd next More meek came with the Firstlings of his Flock Choicest and best; then sacrificing, laid The Inwards and thir Fat, with Incense strew'd, On the cleft Wood, and all due Rites perform'd.
By doing so, he places his own firstling in close connection with Vondel's dramas, which already enjoyed great acclaim.
As an example, the author of Deuteronomy 33:17 (King James Version) uses the unicorn as a metaphor for the great strength of God, "His glory is like the firstling of his bullock, and his horns are like the horns of unicorns: with them he shall push the people together to the ends of the earth.
The seasons bring the flower again, And bring the firstling to the flock.
The IP6500, a firstling system of radioactive scanning for mobile vehicles comes as part of Dubai Customs' ongoing reform and modernization process by in line with the emirate's strategic security plan, said a statement from Dubai Customs.
you shall set apart for the LORD every first issue of the womb: every male firstling that your cattle drop shall be the LORD'S.