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From fish +‎ -ling.


fishling (plural fishlings)

  1. A small or young fish; fry.
    • 1898, The Yale literary magazine:
      [] said an older woman, bending over her, "hush, little fishling! Ichuk, my son, is dead, but we will get thee another man."
    • 2008, Juliet Marillier, Child of the Prophecy:
      My fingers moved subtly, and now Fiacha was a tiny raven no bigger than a bee, a little speck of darkness that spun out of the fixing charm as easily as a fishling escapes the herring net, [...]