suck·​ling | \ˈsə-kliŋ \

Definition of suckling 

(Entry 1 of 2)

: a young unweaned animal


biographical name
Suck·​ling | \ˈsə-kliŋ \

Definition of Suckling (Entry 2 of 2)

Sir John 1609–1642 English Cavalier poet

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The dish, a specialty of Indonesia’s southern islands, is usually the centerpiece at big feasts: whole suckling pig stuffed with lemongrass and turmeric, trussed up, and slow cooked over coals until its crackling skin turns the color of caramel. Garrett Snyder, Los Angeles Magazine, "Restaurant Review: Kasih Has Bold Indonesian Flavors With a High-Gloss Finish," 22 May 2018 Feast on a roasted suckling pig seasoned with bratwurst spices and served with pretzels with mustard and cheese sauce, slaw, and sauerkraut potato salad. Samantha Nelson, RedEye Chicago, "Oktoberfest in Chicago: 14 spots with celebrations, steins and sausages," 18 Sep. 2017 The gentle suckling as my abrasive wool sweater remained bunched against my throat. Danielle C. Belton, The Root, "Dominate," 29 Apr. 2018 And fire slowly roasts the Beast of the Day — a whole suckling pig, young goat or baby lamb that will cook for 6 to 10 hours in the open stainless steel rotisserie beside the dining room. Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Free Press Restaurant of the Year past winners," 11 Feb. 2018 Book a few nights at Parador de Segovia, a converted monastery, and get your cochinillo (that's Spanish for delicious suckling pig) fix at the super-traditional Casa Duque. Michaela Trimble, GQ, "Skip the Crowds and Book a Trip to These Chill European Cities Instead," 22 Jan. 2018 For the lucky ones who call ahead, there is whole suckling pig, wheeled tableside, looking as if it were dipped in bronze. Ligaya Mishan, New York Times, "Where Dumplings and Ducks Rule," 21 Sep. 2017 Flawless Modenese dishes like pumpkin tortelloni and roasted suckling pig are dutifully produced according to family recipes. Cnt Editors, CNT, "Where to Find Low-Key Italian Food in Italy," 19 Sep. 2017 Pastas were plentiful: gnocchi rosa with ricotta, basil, and tomato, and a suckling pig agnolotti, with rosemary and Parmigiano-Reggiano. Alexandra Macon, Vogue, "Az Cohen and Valentina de Weghe’s Cool, Low-key Wedding Celebration in NYC," 7 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of suckling


13th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for suckling


Middle English suklyng, from suken to suck

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The first known use of suckling was in the 13th century

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suck·​ling | \ˈsə-kliŋ \

Kids Definition of suckling

: a young mammal still sucking milk from its mother

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