wilding

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English[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

From wild +‎ -ing.

Noun[edit]

wilding (plural wildings)

  1. A wild apple or apple-tree.
  2. Any plant that grows wild; a wildflower, wild apple, etc.
    • 1590, Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene, III.vii:
      Oft from the forrest wildings he did bring, / Whose sides empurpled were with smiling red [...].
    • Dryden
      Ten ruddy wildings in the wood I found.
    • Landor
      The fruit of the tree [] is small, of little juice, and bad quality. I presume it to be a wilding.

Verb[edit]

wilding

  1. Present participle of wild.

Adjective[edit]

wilding (not comparable)

  1. (poetic) Not tame or cultivated; wild.
    Wilding flowers. — Tennyson.
    The wilding bee hums merrily by. — Bryant.

Etymology 2[edit]

From Dorothy Wilding

Noun[edit]

wilding (plural wildings)

  1. (usually in the plural, philately) Any British stamp with the image of Queen Elizabeth II, based on a portrait by Dorothy Wilding.