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From cat +‎ -ling. Compare kitling, catkin.


catling ‎(plural catlings)

  1. A little cat; a kitten.
    Cat nor catling. — Drummond.
  2. catgut; a catgut string
    "..what say you, Simon Catling?" (Romeo & Juliet, Act 4, Scene 5) - the servant Peter is making puns about a group of musicians, using references to instruments to call them names.
  3. (surgery) A double-edged, sharp-pointed dismembering knife.
    • 1852, Joseph Pancoast, A Treatise on Operative Surgery
      The operator [] grasping the soft parts immediately below, raises them so as to facilitate the passage of a double-edged knife or catling across the face of the bones []


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Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.