Hänfling

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German[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

Hanf +‎ -ling

The bird was so called for its fondness for hemp seeds (cf. English linnet)

The colloquial usage for a person is by comparison to a hemp plant (cf. English beanpole)

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): [ˈhɛnflɪŋ] (standard)
  • IPA(key): [ˈhɛmpflɪŋ] (colloquial)
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Noun[edit]

Hänfling m (genitive Hänflings, plural Hänflinge)

  1. linnet
  2. a small and thin person

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