WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2017
hatch•ling  (hachling),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. Developmental Biology, Zoologya young bird, reptile, or fish recently emerged from an egg.
  • hatch1 + -ling1 1895–1900

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hatchling /ˈhætʃlɪŋ/ n
  1. a young animal that has newly emerged from an egg
Etymology: 19th Century: from hatch1 + -ling1


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