Hatchling meaning

hăch'lĭng
A newly hatched animal.
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A recently hatched bird, fish, turtle, etc.
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A newly hatched bird, reptile or other animal that has emerged from an egg.

The hatchling alligator had just broken out of its shell but was already trying to follow its mother, who hunted hatchling birds.

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Origin of hatchling

  • From hatch +‎ -ling.
    From Wiktionary