Germanic, uncertain: probably from zadel 'saddle' (cognate), or possibly from sal 'willow' or sole 'base (surface)'
zaling f (plural zalingen or zalings, diminutive zalingetje n or zalinkje n)
- (sailing) A crosstree, light timber to spread the shrouds of a sailing ship; also, a crossing set of those
- (architecture) (plural zalingen only) A roof gutter to drain water bumping up to an eminent object
From zaadling 'seedling' (cognate, from zaad 'seed' + -ling)
zaling f (plural zalingen, diminutive zalingetje n or zalinkje n)
- (archaic) A seedling, young plant growing from seed.
- (obsolete, botany) A hemp, notably a female plant producing seedlings.