firstling

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From first +‎ -ling.

Noun[edit]

firstling (plural firstlings)

  1. The first produce or result, notably firstborn offspring.
  2. The first of a class or kind.
  3. The thing first thought or done.
    • 1603-06, William Shakespeare, Macbeth, Act 4, Sc. 1:
      From this moment the very firstlings of my heart shall be the firstlings of my hand.

Adjective[edit]

firstling

  1. Firstborn.
    • 1611, King James Version of the Bible (Authorized Version)[2], Deuteronomy 15:19
      All the firstling males that come of thy herd and of thy flock thou shalt sanctify unto the Lord thy God: thou shalt do no work with the firstling of thy bullock, nor shear the firstling of thy sheep.

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