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fledgling

[ flej-ling ]
/ ˈflɛdʒ lɪŋ /
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noun
a young bird just fledged.
an inexperienced person.
adjective
young, new, or inexperienced: a fledgling diver.
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Also especially British, fledge·ling .

Origin of fledgling

First recorded in 1820–30; fledge + -ling1

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British Dictionary definitions for fledgling

fledgling

fledgeling

/ (ˈflɛdʒlɪŋ) /

noun
a young bird that has just fledged
  1. a young and inexperienced or untried person, organization or system
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Scientific definitions for fledgling

fledgling
[ flĕjlĭng ]

A young bird that has just grown the feathers needed to fly and is capable of surviving outside the nest.
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