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hatchling

[hach-ling]
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noun
  1. a young bird, reptile, or fish recently emerged from an egg.

Origin of hatchling

First recorded in 1895–1900; hatch1 + -ling1
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hatchling

noun
  1. a young animal that has newly emerged from an egg

Word Origin

C19: from hatch 1 + -ling 1
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Word Origin and History for hatchling

n.

1854, from hatch (v.1) + diminutive suffix -ling.

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