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[ground-ling] /ˈgraʊnd lɪŋ/

a plant or animal that lives on or close to the .
any of various fishes that live at the bottom of the water.
a spectator, reader, or other person of unsophisticated or uncultivated tastes; an uncritical or uncultured person.
a member of a theater audience who sits in one of the cheaper seats.
any animal or plant that lives close to the ground or at the bottom of a lake, river, etc

a person on the ground as distinguished from one in an aircraft

“theater patron in the pit,” c.1600, from ground (n.) in an Elizabethan sense of “pit of a theater” + -ling. From the beginning emblematic of bad or unsophisticated taste. Old English grundling was a type of fish.


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