One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A young animal that has been fattened in readiness for slaughter.
- ‘The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid; and the calf and the young lion and the fatling together; and a little child shall lead them.’
- ‘Neville was my pet only until he gained sufficient flesh to warrant his slaughter, and whether the fatling nourished the leopard or our household made little difference.’
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