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fledgling

[flej-ling] /ˈflɛdʒ lɪŋ/
noun
1.
a young bird just fledged.
2.
an inexperienced person.
adjective
3.
young, new, or inexperienced:
a fledgling diver.
Also, especially British, fledgeling.
Origin
1820-1830
1820-30; fledge + -ling1
Synonyms
2. novice, tyro, beginner, freshman, greenhorn.
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British Dictionary definitions for fledgeling

fledgling

/ˈflɛdʒlɪŋ/
noun
1.
a young bird that has just fledged
2.
  1. a young and inexperienced or untried person, organization or system
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Word Origin and History for fledgeling

fledgling

1830 (adj.), 1846 as a noun meaning "young bird," from fledge + diminutive suffix -ling. Of persons, from 1856.

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fledgeling in Science
fledgling
  (flěj'lĭng)   
A young bird that has just grown the feathers needed to fly and is capable of surviving outside the nest.
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