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cageling (plural cagelings)
- (uncommon) A bird that is kept confined in a cage.
1869, R. D. Blackmore, chapter 20, in Lorna Doone: A Romance of Exmoor:
- 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.