from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Causing fertilised eggs to lose viability, by killing the developing embryo within through shaking, piercing, freezing or oiling, without breaking the shell.
  • v. Present participle of addle.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Decomposition of an egg.
  • n. Muddling of the wits.
  • n. The act of earning by labor.
  • n. plural That which is earned; earnings. Also written adlings.


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