/mawrt"ling/, n. Brit.
wool obtained from dead sheep.
[1400-50; earlier morling, late ME; prob. by suffix substitution from mor(t)kin dead animal < AF mortekine, for OF mortecine ( L morticinus (of an animal) having died naturally) with final conformed to ME -kin -KIN; see -LING1]

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  • Mortling — Mort ling, n. [See {Morling}.] 1. An animal, as a sheep, dead of disease or privation; a morling. [Eng.] [1913 Webster] 2. Wool plucked from a dead sheep; morling. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • mortling — ˈmȯrtliŋ noun ( s) Etymology: Middle English morlyng, probably modification (influenced by Middle English lyng, ling ling) of Middle French morticine carrion more at mort : wool taken from a dead sheep * * * /mawrt ling/, n. Brit. wool obtained… …   Useful english dictionary

  • mortling — n. wool shorn from a dead sheep (British) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • mortling — mort·ling …   English syllables

  • Morling — Mor ling, n. [Cf. F. mort dead, L. mortuus, fr. moriri to die.] Mortling. [Eng.] Ainsworth. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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