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gosling

Two geese with four goslings.

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From Late Middle English gosling, goselyng (gosling), alteration (due to Middle English goos, gose (goose)) of earlier gesling (gosling), of North Germanic origin, from Old Norse gæsling, géslingr (gosling), from gás (goose) + -lingr (-ling), equivalent to goose +‎ -ling. Cognate with Danish gæsling (gosling), Swedish gässling (gosling). Compare also Low German gossel, gössel (gosling), German Gänslein (gosling).

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gosling (plural goslings)

  1. A young goose.
  2. A callow (immature, inexperienced) / foolish, naive, young person.
  3. (dated) A catkin on nut trees and pines.
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