One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Any of a number of long-bodied edible marine fishes.
a large eastern Atlantic fish related to the cod (genus Molva, family Gadidae), in particular M. molva, which is of commercial importance.
a related Australian fish (Lotella callarias, family Gadidae).
a similar but unrelated Australian fish (Genypterus blacodes, family Ophidiidae).
- ‘Travelling several miles further out, you can fish above World War I ship-wrecks, including the Lusitania, around which there is a good chance of hooking a shark, ling or conger eel.’
- ‘Try coley or ling to bulk out fish pies, or gurnard or rock turbot for roasting.’
- ‘Huge conger, pollack, ling, cod and coalfish were regularly pulled up the steps to the old Angling Centre and weighed in front of big crowds of onlookers.’
- ‘Here you come across some extremely large boulders covered in deadmen's fingers and anemones, interspersed with wolf fish, lobster, ling and conger eels.’
- ‘Under boulders live other fish, including large ling and many codling, while above the kelp line pollack shoals can cloud the brightness on a sunny day.’
Middle English lenge, probably from Middle Dutch; related to long.
The common heather of Eurasia.
- ‘All of the 62 types of flowers, plants and shrubs used in the work, such as ling heather, bearberry, foxglove and gorse, come from County Mayo, which was hit particularly hard by the Famine.’
- ‘Now begins the long, gradual descent over Spaunton Moor, hot and silent and tinder dry, patched bright purple with heather of the bell variety, the rest frosted with the lilac buds of the main crop of ling heather.’
- ‘Originally introduced from Esher Common, the native ling heathers have been added to in the last three years with advice on color from Gwynne.’
- ‘They walked at a wearisome pace across the trembling peat bog, knee deep in flowering ling, bog cotton and black slimy mud.’
- ‘This would give a warm, dry and snug shelter for the pigs or poultry which some people would thatch using reeds or perhaps ling (heather).’
Middle English: from Old Norse lyng, of unknown origin.
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