nestling

[ nest-ling, nes-ling ]
/ ˈnɛst lɪŋ, ˈnɛs lɪŋ /

noun

a young bird not yet old enough to leave the nest.
a young child or infant.

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Origin of nestling

First recorded in 1400–50; Middle English; see origin at nest, -ling1
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British Dictionary definitions for nestling

nestling
/ (ˈnɛstlɪŋ, ˈnɛslɪŋ) /

noun

  1. a young bird not yet fledged
  2. (as modifier)a nestling thrush
any young person or animal

Word Origin for nestling

C14: from nest + -ling 1
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