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unfledged

[uhn-flejd] /ʌnˈflɛdʒd/
adjective
1.
not fledged; without sufficient feathers for flight, as a young bird.
2.
immature; callow.
Origin
1595-1605
1595-1605; un-1 + fledged
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  • Unleashed dogs present a constant threat to plovers, causing nest abandonment or loss of unfledged chicks.
  • These closures occur while unfledged nestlings are present.
  • The vehicle closures are temporary and will last as long as there are unfledged plover chicks in the area.
British Dictionary definitions for unfledged

unfledged

/ʌnˈflɛdʒd/
adjective
1.
(of a young bird) not having developed adult feathers
2.
immature and undeveloped
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Word Origin and History for unfledged
adj.

c.1600, of persons, "immature, not experienced," from un- (1) "not" + past participle of fledge. Literal sense of "not yet covered in feathers" is recorded from 1610s.

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