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 That’s not at all like going after an animal that might be a hatchling or perhaps already injured and possibly feeble. Lance Eliot, Forbes, 10 Sep. 2021 On Tuesday morning, the first hatchling of one nest made its debut. Dewayne Bevil, orlandosentinel.com, 8 Sep. 2021 While South American toads spent five days at the hatchling stage, Australian toads only spend three days in this stage, suggesting that the pressures from being cannibalized cut their development time by half, per Ars Technica. Elizabeth Gamillo, Smithsonian Magazine, 2 Sep. 2021 While South American cane toads spent a total of about five days at the hatchling stage, Australian populations only spent three days. John Timmer, Wired, 29 Aug. 2021 That hatchling was also released back into the ocean. Gabriela Miranda, USA TODAY, 19 Aug. 2021 The Loggerhead hatchling was found Tuesday at Cape Hatteras National Seashore. Gabriela Miranda, USA TODAY, 19 Aug. 2021 The fluffy white hatchling was sitting under the mother at about 10:30 a.m. Saturday. BostonGlobe.com, 8 May 2021 Finding the remains of any hatchling or juvenile dinosaurs is a reason for paleontologists to celebrate. Riley Black, Smithsonian Magazine, 24 June 2021

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First Known Use of hatchling

1854, in the meaning defined above

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“Hatchling.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hatchling. Accessed 18 Sep. 2021.

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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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