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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Groundling \Ground"ling\, n. [Ground + -ling.] 1. (Zool.) A fish that keeps at the bottom of the water, as the loach. [1913 Webster] 2. A spectator in the pit of a theater, which formerly was on the ground, and without floor or benches. [1913 Webster] No comic buffoon to make the groundlings laugh. --Coleridge. [1913 Webster]