One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A group of ducks.‘a badling of ducks is out in full force’
- ‘Immediately, a gaggle of geese and a badling of ducks dashed towards us waddling with unbridled joy.’
- ‘I encountered a badling of common eider on a northern island of Iceland.’
- ‘These bird tracks in the snow were left by a badling of ducks.’
- ‘We had a wonderful visitor, or should I say a badling of visitors? So glad Mama Duck stopped by to show off her babies.’
- ‘The tunnel was full with a badling of ducks which all took flight upon our approach.’
Late Middle English (in a medieval glossary of collective terms): probably either a variant of paddling or derived from babble.
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