hatchling

noun
hatch·​ling | \ ˈhach-liŋ How to pronounce hatchling (audio) \

Definition of hatchling

: a recently hatched animal

Examples of hatchling in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Another hatchling that weighed just 27 grams, or less than one ounce, had ingested 119 separate pieces of plastic that totaled 1.23% of its body weight. Catherine Eastman, The Conversation, "Newly hatched Florida sea turtles are consuming dangerous quantities of floating plastic," 31 Aug. 2020 The father bald eagle left the hatchling and two eggs behind to engage the new intruders, whose identities are uncertain because the park does not use bands. Kyle Fredrickson, The Know, "Standley Lake bald eagle hatchling, remaining eggs not expected to survive after imposter attack," 16 Apr. 2020 No fossilized embryo or hatchling was available to positively identify what creature produced it. Alex Fox, Smithsonian Magazine, "First Soft-Shelled Dinosaur Egg Fossils Found," 22 June 2020 The father vacated the nest for roughly two hours during bitter cold weather, Martinez said, and the hatchling did not survive. Kyle Fredrickson, The Know, "Standley Lake bald eagle hatchling, remaining eggs not expected to survive after imposter attack," 16 Apr. 2020 The sequel — directed by Sam Fell and written by Karey Kirkpatrick, John O’ Farrell and Rachel Tunnard — catches up with Rocky and Ginger living in a human-free sanctuary with their recent hatchling, Molly. Ruth Kinane, EW.com, "Chicken Run 2 in the works at Netflix, 20 years after original was released," 23 June 2020 Only one in every 1,000 hatchlings survives—a number that plunges even further on especially popular beaches. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian Magazine, "COVID-19 Restrictions May Boost Leatherback Sea Turtle Nesting," 24 Apr. 2020 The turtles need to be undisturbed and emerging hatchlings get confused by beachfront lights, says David Godfrey, executive director of the Sea Turtle Conservancy. Fox News, "Vulnerable sea turtles flourishing during coronavirus restrictions in Florida," 23 Apr. 2020 The turtles need to be undisturbed and emerging hatchlings get confused by beachfront lights, says David Godfrey, executive director of the Sea Turtle Conservancy. Seth Borenstein, The Christian Science Monitor, "With humans stuck at home, Mother Nature takes over," 22 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of hatchling

1854, in the meaning defined above

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3 Sep 2020

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“Hatchling.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hatchling. Accessed 29 Sep. 2020.

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hatchling

noun
How to pronounce hatchling (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of hatchling

: a recently hatched animal : a very young bird, fish, etc., that has just come out from an egg

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