Etymology
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ling (n.)

long, slender European fish, c. 1300, lenge, common Germanic, cognate with Dutch leng, German Leng, Old Norse langa, probably ultimately related to long (adj.) and so named for its length.

updated on July 22, 2016

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Definitions of ling from WordNet

ling (n.)
water chestnut whose spiny fruit has two rather than 4 prongs;
Synonyms: ling ko / Trapa bicornis
ling (n.)
common Old World heath represented by many varieties; low evergreen grown widely in the northern hemisphere;
Synonyms: heather / Scots heather / broom / Calluna vulgaris
ling (n.)
elongated marine food fish of Greenland and northern Europe; often salted and dried;
Synonyms: Molva molva
ling (n.)
American hakes;
ling (n.)
elongate freshwater cod of northern Europe and Asia and North America having barbels around its mouth;
Synonyms: burbot / eelpout / cusk / Lota lota
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