cageling

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

cage +‎ -ling

Noun[edit]

cageling (plural cagelings)

  1. (uncommon) A bird that is kept confined in a cage.
    • 1869, R. D. Blackmore, Lorna Doone: A Romance of Exmoor, ch. 20,
      Am I as a child perhaps, chasing a flown cageling, who among the branches free plays and peeps at the offered cage?
    • 1918, Paul Haupt, "English 'coop' == Assyrian 'Quppu'," Modern Language Notes, vol. 33, no. 7, p. 434,
      Semmacherib says that he cooped up King Hezekiah of Judah in Jerusalem like a cageling.

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