fledgeless

fledge

[flej]
verb (used with object), fledged, fledging.
1.
to bring up (a young bird) until it is able to fly.
2.
to furnish with or as if with feathers or plumage.
3.
to provide (an arrow) with feathers.
verb (used without object), fledged, fledging.
4.
(of a young bird) to acquire the feathers necessary for flight.
adjective
5.
Archaic. (of young birds) able to fly.

Origin:
1350–1400; Middle English flegge (fully-)fledged, Old English *flecge, as variant of -flycge; cognate with Old High German flucki, Middle Low German vlügge (> German flügge); akin to fly1

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fledge (flɛdʒ)
 
vb
1.  (tr) to feed and care for (a young bird) until it is able to fly
2.  (tr) Also called: fletch to fit (something, esp an arrow) with a feather or feathers
3.  (intr) (of a young bird) to grow feathers
4.  (tr) to cover or adorn with or as if with feathers
 
[Old English -flycge, as in unflycge unfledged; related to Old High German flucki able to fly; see fly1]

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fledge
O.E. flycge (Kentish fligge), from W.Gmc. *fluggja- (cf. M.Du. vlugge, Low Ger. flügge). Originally an adj. meaning "having the feathers, fit to fly." As a verb, it is first attested in English 1560s. Related: Fledged; fledging.
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