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birdling (plural birdlings)
- A little bird; birdie; a nestling.
1872, John Hay, et al., Not Pretty, But Precious:
- Clasped, love, close to thy heart, thy birdling Foldeth her wings in peace-- Trusts, love! feeling nor cold nor shadow, Finding at last her ease, From fear a safe release, Heart's love, with thee."
1913, John L. Stoddard, Poems:
- Nay, fear not, birdling! let me gently Uplift and hold thee in my hand; Thou gazest on me so intently, Thou must my motive understand.
small bird, birdie