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[hach-ling] /ˈhætʃ lɪŋ/
a young bird, reptile, or fish recently emerged from an egg.
Origin of hatchling
1895-1900; hatch1 + -ling1 Unabridged
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  • Violet the red-tailed hawk feeding her hatchling this morning.
  • Through the pores, extra nutrients added to the moistening fluid reached the developing hatchling inside the egg.
  • What was interesting, too, was that hatchling turtles were also able to make the same kinds of discriminations.
  • It reminds her of past work at the hatchling laboratory.
  • The park supports a sea turtle hatchling program and a large number of migratory birds.
  • The hatchling may snack on shrimp, small jellyfish and snails that drift in and around the seaweed.
  • For hatchling sea turtles, artificial light is a killer.
  • Even more riveting is the later struggle to the ocean of each tiny, vulnerable hatchling.
  • hatchling teeth should be found at surf sites that were close to shore and not at sites that represent deep water.
  • Anoxia tolerance and freeze tolerance in hatchling turtles.
British Dictionary definitions for hatchling


a young animal that has newly emerged from an egg
Word Origin
C19: from hatch1 + -ling1
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Word Origin and History for hatchling

1854, from hatch (v.1) + diminutive suffix -ling.

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