duck·​ling | \ ˈdək-liŋ How to pronounce duckling (audio) , ˈdə-kliŋ\

Definition of duckling

: a young duck

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The farm trucks in about 10,000 day-old ducklings every Thursday from Quebec. Anne Kadet, WSJ, "A New York Duck-Farm Tour Didn’t Sell Me on Foie Gras," 9 July 2019 On Friday, the bronze ducklings were put in cages – a statement on the migrant detention centers at the southern border. Caitlin O'kane, CBS News, "Boston's duckling statues put in cages to protest migrant detention centers," 2 Aug. 2019 Around the same time, the duckling likely became separated from its family. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Empty Nester Loons Adopt a Mallard Chick in Northern Wisconsin," 27 July 2019 Megan Farokhmanesh has your TikTok account of the day: Balaskovitz adopted Jerry as a duckling about five years ago from a local farm. Casey Newton, The Verge, "Amazon’s Twitter ambassadors are blurring the line between fact and fiction," 16 Aug. 2019 Officers were able to stop the woman and retrieve the duckling unharmed from the backpack, and it was reunited with its mother. Mitchell Byars, The Denver Post, "Boulder police thwart attempted ducknapping," 14 Aug. 2019 Two of three ducklings hit were killed instantly, according to WFLA. Ricky Pinela,, "Florida man runs over family of ducks, killing two of the ducklings: report," 14 Aug. 2019 Rescuers were able to easily retrieve four of the ducklings, but the rest of the group had retreated deeper into the underground pipe. Michelle Lou, CNN, "The ducklings were trapped in a storm drain. Firefighters turned to YouTube for help.," 21 June 2019 No mother duck was around, so the crews removed the grate and used a net to capture each duckling. Pauline Repard, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Ducklings trapped in storm drain rescued in El Cajon," 8 June 2019

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First Known Use of duckling

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of duckling

: a young duck
: the meat of a young duck that is used as food


duck·​ling | \ ˈdək-liŋ How to pronounce duckling (audio) \

Kids Definition of duckling

: a young duck

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