hatchling

[ hach-ling ]
/ ˈhætʃ lɪŋ /
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noun

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

Nearby words

  1. hatchettine,
  2. hatchettite,
  3. hatchetwork,
  4. hatchie,
  5. hatching,
  6. hatchment,
  7. hatchure,
  8. hatchway,
  9. hate,
  10. hate crime

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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Word Origin and History for hatchling

hatchling

n.

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

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