[duhk-ling] /ˈdʌk lɪŋ/

a young .
a young duck

mid-15c., dookelynge, from duck (n.) + -ling. The ugly duckling is from Hans Christian Andersen’s tale (1843 in Danish, by 1846 in English).


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