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  • n. Plural form of catling.

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Examples

  • I am alone except for the catlings...alone with a vast pile of laundry, unhoovered floors, beds that haven`t been changed since before Christmas, mucky bathroom...well, you get the idea.

    Out with the old...

  • Plus the catlings are gazing at it with extreme resentment.

    Cats:10, Tree:0.

  • The eyes of the whole harried world would soon be fixed upon this humane and gentle system, and royal butchers would presently begin to disappear; their subjects would fill the vacancies with catlings from our own royal house; we should become a factory; we should supply the thrones of the world; within forty years all Europe would be governed by cats, and we should furnish the cats.

    A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court

  • What music will be in him when Hector has knocked out his brains, I know not; but, I am sure, none, unless the fiddler Apollo get his sinews to make catlings on.

    Troilus and Cressida

  • Rodney the cat’s family had been reduced by gifts of catlings to other ships, but he and it were waxing fat.

    Morgan’s Run

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  • (pl. noun) - (1) The strings of a violin or lute, they being formerly made of the intestines of a cat and usually called cat-gut.

    --William Toone's Etymological Dictionary of Obsolete Words, 1832

    (2) What musick there will be in him when Hector has knocked out his brains I know not, but I am sure none, unless the fiddler Apollo get his sinews to make catlings on.

    --William Shakespeare's Troilus and Cressida, 1602

    January 14, 2018