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

  • n. A young goose.
  • n. A naive or inexperienced young person.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A young goose.
  • n. A callow (immature, inexperienced) / foolish, naive, young person.
  • n. A catkin on nut trees and pines.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A young or unfledged goose.
  • n. A catkin on nut trees and pines.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A young goose; a goose before it has attained its full plumage.
  • n. The catkin of the willow: so called from its yellow color and fluffy texture.
  • n. The American pasque-flower, Pulsatilla hirsutissima: so called from its dense, soft hairs.

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

  • n. young goose

Etymologies

Middle English, variant (influenced by gos, goose) of gesling, from Old Norse gæslingr, diminutive of gās, goose.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Late Middle English gosling, goselyng ("gosling"), alteration (due to Middle English goos, gose ("goose")) of earlier gesling ("gosling"), of North Germanic origin, from Old Norse gæsling, géslingr ("gosling"), from gás ("goose") + -lingr ("-ling"). Cognate with Danish gæsling ("gosling"), Swedish gässling ("gosling"). Compare also Low German gossel, gössel ("gosling"), German Gänslein ("gosling"). More at goose, -ling. (Wiktionary)

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