catling

noun
cat·​ling | \ ˈkatliŋ\
plural -s

Definition of catling

1 : a small cat : kitten
2 : a catgut string for a musical instrument
3 : the smallest string instrument (as a lute)
4 or less commonly catlin \ -​lə̇n \ : a long double-edged sharp-pointed knife used in amputations to divide tissues between close-lying bones

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