hatch·​ling | \ˈhach-liŋ \

Definition of hatchling 

: a recently hatched animal

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The female at the center of the breeding aggregation had 60 eggs inside of her, Bartoszek said, adding that most of those would’ve hatched, but the science is still unclear as to how many hatchlings would be expected to survive. Brett Clarkson, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Python leads researchers to a big snake sex party with six males and a 15-foot, 115-pound female," 17 Apr. 2018 If all goes as planned, in 75 days or so, hatchlings will emerge and help move the needle on C. rhombifer’s prospects for survival. Shanna Baker, Smithsonian, "The Quest to Preserve the Last of Castro’s Crocodiles," 21 June 2018 About 250 hatchlings have been given a head start in life before being released through the program. Frank Abderholden, Lake County News-Sun, "'Turtle champions' determined to rebuild endangered Blanding's population in Lake County area," 30 May 2018 Unlike many other seed feeders, house finches do not feed their hatchlings high protein sources such as insects. Ernie Cowan, sandiegouniontribune.com, "House finches right at home raising family here," 17 May 2018 Last year, the society retrieved eggs from a record 761 nests and released some 70,000 hatchlings. New York Times, "Saving Turtles in Bali, Egg by Precious Egg," 7 July 2018 In one of the largest nesting islands in the world, in Australia, warming temperatures are turning almost all hatchlings female, raising important questions about the future. National Geographic, "Searching for Elusive Green Sea Turtles in the Persian Gulf," 16 June 2018 That’s the highest number of hatchlings in the state’s wilds since scientists started reintroducing the birds there in 2011. BostonGlobe.com, "Birth of 5 chicks signals comeback for Louisiana’s whooping crane," 13 July 2018 Of the seven birds that were released, three had been starving hatchlings and the others were adults with fishing line injuries. Erin Stone, SFChronicle.com, "Once injured, starving pelicans are rehabilitated, freed on San Francisco Bay shoreline," 29 June 2018

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1854, in the meaning defined above

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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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