wild·​ling | \ ˈwī(-ə)l(d)-liŋ How to pronounce wildling (audio) \

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Recent Examples on the Web The seeds, as well as seedlings found in the forest—also known as wildlings—were transferred to a nursery outside the forest. Yao-hua Law, Science | AAAS, "Unusual mass flowering in Malaysian rainforests provides seeds for endangered tree 'arks'," 6 Nov. 2019 Because of exposure to the wide range of microorganisms in their surrogate mothers, the wildlings had a microbiome that was a closer match to those found in natural environments. Diana Kwon, Scientific American, "Targeting Gut Microbes May Help Stroke Recovery," 19 Nov. 2019 These experiments suggest the wildling mice could be a more accurate model of human immune responses in preclinical trials. Eva Frederick, Science | AAAS, "Could lab mice born to wild parents improve the search for human cures?," 1 Aug. 2019 Integrating the wildlings into laboratory settings, Rosshart says, could be relatively easy. Eva Frederick, Science | AAAS, "Could lab mice born to wild parents improve the search for human cures?," 1 Aug. 2019 In the season five finale, his failure to engage in politics (or address the concerns the men of the Night’s Watch have about letting the wildlings through the wall) quite literally gets him killed. Sarah Morse, Glamour, "Jon Snow's Biggest Mistakes on Game of Thrones," 30 Apr. 2019 But in real life, the stinkiest stuff on set was not wildlings or the smell of death but dragonglass. Amanda Sims, House Beautiful, "6 Insane Details From the Building of the "Battle of Winterfell" Set," 2 May 2019 With no gardener to guide them, the spindly wildlings form an impenetrable thicket of dark twigs with three-inch thorns. Adrian Higgins, The Seattle Times, "Scientists thought they had created the perfect tree. But it became a nightmare.," 17 Sep. 2018 The two met on the set of Game of Thrones in 2012, when Leslie played Ygritte, a wildling who falls in love with Harington’s character, Jon Snow. Megan Friedman, Harper's BAZAAR, "How Kit Harington and Rose Leslie Went From 'Game of Thrones' to Real-Life Couple," 22 June 2018

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1840, in the meaning defined above

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“Wildling.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wildling. Accessed 16 Jan. 2021.

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