dumpling

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shrimp dumplings

Etymology[edit]

Perhaps an alteration of lump, possibly associated with -ling by popular etymology.

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dumpling (plural dumplings)

  1. (cooking) A ball of dough that is cooked and may have a filling and/or additional ingredients in the dough. [from 17th c.]
  2. (familiar) A term of endearment.
    My little dumpling.
  3. (mildly vulgar) A piece of excrement.

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