a young duck.

1400–50; late Middle English; see duck1, -ling1 Unabridged
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duckling (ˈdʌklɪŋ)
a young duck

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Word Origin & History

mid-15c., dookelynge, from duck (n.) + -ling. The ugly ducking is from Hans Andersen's tale.
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Example sentences
But invasive species aren't always an ugly duckling and emotions can run high
  against efforts to remove them.
The ugly duckling becomes a swan and exacts her revenge in this complex drama.
Go with a steak or choose one of the specialties, including roast duckling and
He was the ugly duckling where he came from, and he's worshipped here.
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