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hatchling

[ hach-ling ]
/ ˈhætʃ lɪŋ /
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noun

a young bird, reptile, or fish recently emerged from an egg.

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Origin of hatchling

First recorded in 1895–1900; hatch1 + -ling1
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British Dictionary definitions for hatchling

hatchling
/ (ˈhætʃlɪŋ) /

noun

a young animal that has newly emerged from an egg

Word Origin for hatchling

C19: from hatch 1 + -ling 1
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