hatch·​ling ˈhach-liŋ How to pronounce hatchling (audio)
: a recently hatched animal

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Sanajeh indicus was discovered in an extraordinary position – sitting in a dinosaur nest, coiled around three eggs and the body of a hatchling. Ed Yong, Discover Magazine, 26 Dec. 2010 The center explained that the tortoise is a hatchling, meaning the reptile is under a year old. Tracey Harrington Mccoy, Peoplemag, 22 Nov. 2022 The tiny clues documented how fast the dinosaurs grew and outlined their developmental stages through hatchling, yearling, juvenile, subadult and mature animals, offering greater insight into the lives of these reptiles than experts previously knew. Riley Black, Smithsonian Magazine, 26 Oct. 2022 The hatchling emerge two months later and make their way to the ocean. Bill Kearney, Sun Sentinel, 4 Nov. 2022 The newest addition to the Roloff family, Josiah, looked too cute in a hatchling costume. Zoey Lyttle, Peoplemag, 28 Oct. 2022 The fish and bullfrogs then eat our native hatchling turtles. Rachel Schnalzer, Los Angeles Times, 24 Aug. 2022 The veterinary nurse said that while what was in the hatchling's stomach may seem surprising, the harsh reality is that turtles worldwide are consuming plastic at alarming rates. Bellamy Richardson, PEOPLE.com, 1 Aug. 2022 Had Huff killed the eagle during breeding season and a hatchling under its care had subsequently died, he could have been charged with a felony and faced even stiffer penalties. Peter Krouse, cleveland, 23 June 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1854, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of hatchling was in 1854

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“Hatchling.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hatchling. Accessed 6 Feb. 2023.

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hatch·​ling ˈhach-liŋ How to pronounce hatchling (audio)
: a recently hatched animal

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