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dump·ling  audio  (dmplng) KEY 

NOUN:
  1. A piece of dough, sometimes filled, that is cooked in liquid such as water or soup.
  2. Sweetened dough wrapped around fruit, such as an apple, baked and served as a dessert.
  3. Informal A short, chubby creature.

ETYMOLOGY:
Earlier dumplin, perhaps from dump, lump


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