noun (1)
whit·​ing | \ ˈ(h)wī-tiŋ How to pronounce whiting (audio) \
plural whiting also whitings

Definition of whiting

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: any of various marine food fishes: such as
a : a common European fish (Merlangius merlangus) of the cod family


noun (2)

Definition of whiting (Entry 2 of 2)

: calcium carbonate ground into fine powder, washed, and used especially as a pigment and extender, in putty, and in rubber compounding and paper coating

First Known Use of whiting

Noun (1)

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Noun (2)

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for whiting

Noun (1)

Middle English, from Middle Dutch witinc, from wit white; akin to Old English hwīt white

Noun (2)

Middle English, from gerund of whiten to white

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The first known use of whiting was before the 12th century

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“Whiting.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/whiting. Accessed 23 Sep. 2020.

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