Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A newly hatched bird, amphibian, fish, or reptile.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A newly hatched bird, reptile or other animal that has emerged from an egg.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A very young fish, usually artificially hatched and not old enough to take care of itself.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. any recently hatched animal (especially birds)

Etymologies

From hatch +‎ -ling. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Originally identified as a hatchling dinosaur, the fossils were recognized to include a snake by dinosaur paleontologist Jeff Wilson from the University of Michigan and Mohabey in 2001.

    Scientific Blogging

  • The hatchling was the culmination of three years of effort by zookeepers watching over every step of its parents 'courtship and mating to make sure everything went as planned, said Tay.

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  • But the image of a nude Daenerys, sitting amid the ashes of Khal Drogo's funeral pyre as her three hatchling dragons emerge around their queen, didn't disappoint.

    Critic's Notebook: A Tale of Two Finales

  • "While you're a hatchling and growing over the first five to 10 years, you're just being swept along the south Atlantic," said Matthew Witt, of the University of Exeter.

    Secret voyages of leatherback turtles revealed using transmitters

  • Most of the action takes place beneath the surface of Mars, where hatchling kiddies are raised by nannybots in an elaborately technological setting that owes much of its retro esthetic to Terry Gilliam.

    See Jane Blossom: An Enthralling 'Eyre'

  • Though I doubted Raziel would enjoy being seen as a fuzzy hatchling.

    Raziel

  • IOW, snakes don't give birth to mammals, even if an occasional hatchling has seriously deformed scales.

    Crossroads

  • But sometimes, just like that helpless hatchling struggling for survival, in order to truly help, we need to step away, let it go, and watch that birdling fly.

    Layla Revis: Mrs. Fix It

  • Birds fall out of the nest all the time, but one thing about helping a struggling hatchling is this: the only way for most of them to make it is to leave them alone.

    Layla Revis: Mrs. Fix It

  • He was an executive at an important film company who, when faced with a featherless hatchling, felt his heart go soft for the first time in weeks, maybe even months.

    Layla Revis: Mrs. Fix It

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