Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A young duck.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A young duck.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A young or little duck.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A young duck.

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

  • n. young duck
  • n. flesh of a young domestic duck

Etymologies

From Late Middle English duckling, dookelyng ("duckling"), from duk, doke ("duck") + -ling. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Their networks and the cousins of syndication and cable run show after show where some ugly duckling is turned into a swan courtesy of the plastic surgeon and personal trainer.

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  • The duckling is always on the menu, along with potato-crusted Lake Superior whitefish, the fish to eat in these parts.

    Five Lakes Grill

  • Nick, that comment about your hair resembling that of a duckling was a compliment to your haircut -- it's adorable.

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  • If the positions of farmer and kills are interchanged, the sentence reads kills the farmer the duckling, which is most naturally interpreted as an unusual but not unintelligible mode of asking the question, does the farmer kill the duckling?

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  • Long Island duckling aka Pekin duck, a large white breed raised for meat in this country, can be found frozen in many supermarkets.

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  • However, the reason I love Hans Christian Andersen's The Ugly Duckling story so much is the fact that the duckling was a swan all along.

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  • a duckling or a gosling for dinner; that there were two quite ready -- the brown and yellow duckling, that is the last to leave the water at night, and the white gosling that never knows his own 'ouse.

    The Diary of a Goose Girl

  • Found first while still inside his egg by a pair of chickens, the "duckling" (who, as every reader of the original tale knows, ain't no duck) is soon rejected by the community for his ungainly appearance.

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  • In Greek, it is most often referred to as papaki (παπάκι), meaning "duckling," due to the similarity it bears with comic character designs for ducks.

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  • In one sitting, he was said to have put away a hundred oysters, four bottles of white wine, a dozen salt-meadow lamb cutlets, duckling with turnips, a brace of roast partridge, a Normandy sole, dessert and Comice pears.

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