- a young bird, reptile, or fish recently emerged from an egg.
Origin of hatchling
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Examples from the Web for hatchling
Flinging a ball-fungus at a hatchling mantis, saving a young boy.Nightmare Planet
The hatchling spider sprang—it was a combat of midgets which was soon over.The Red Dust
The average total length of seven hatchling tadpoles is 7.4 mm.
Hatchling tadpoles are active swimmers and have only a small amount of yolk.
A five-day-old hatchling of T. ornata, kept in the same container, survived the high temperatures with no apparent ill effects.
- a young animal that has newly emerged from an egg
C19: from hatch 1 + -ling 1
Word Origin and History for hatchling
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