From battle (“to nourish, feed”).
battling (plural battlings)
- A growing fat, or the process of causing to grow fat; a fattening.
- That which nourishes or fattens, as food, or feed for animals, or manure for soil.
- Nourishing; fattening.
1873, Sir John Scott Keltie, The works of the British dramatists:
- Let it be me; and trust me, Margaret, The meads environ'd with the silver streams, Whose battling pastures fatten all my flocks, Yielding forth fleeces stapled with such wool As Lemnster cannot yield more finer stuff, [...]