Definitions

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  • n. A little cat; a kitten.
  • n. catgut; a catgut string
  • n. A double-edged, sharp-pointed dismembering knife.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A little cat; a kitten.
  • n. Catgut; a catgut string.
  • n. A double-edged, sharp-pointed dismembering knife.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A little cat; a kitten.
  • n. Catgut; the string of a lute, violin, etc.
  • n. The down or moss which grows about certain trees and resembles the hair of a cat.
  • n. A double-edged knife used by surgeons for dismembering. Also catlin.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a long double-edged knife used for amputations

Etymologies

cat +‎ -ling (Wiktionary)

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  • This word was used in the "Master And Commander" movie when the doctor was getting ready to remove the bullet himself.

    July 5, 2012

  • catlin

    December 2, 2010

  • Hm. I thought I added this a long time ago.

    "...she had already laid out a selection of saws, catlings, clamps, tourniquets, leather-covered chains, dressings, splints..."
    —Patrick O'Brian, The Hundred Days, 55

    Also catlin. A Sea of Words: "A long, striaght, narrow, double-edged knife used for performing amputations." (138)

    March 20, 2008