hatch·​ling | \ ˈhach-liŋ \

Definition of hatchling

: a recently hatched animal

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Broward County Sheriff's Office firefighters collected the three wayward hatchlings in a bucket and returned them to the ocean. Fox News, "Firefighters rescue 3 baby sea turtles from storm drain," 28 July 2018 Within the three average scenarios, 80 percent of all hatchlings are female. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Global Warming Could Make These Sea Turtles 98% Female," 27 Dec. 2018 The film captures the hatchlings breaking out of their shell casings, and an exquisite sight those gator babies are. Dorothy Rabinowitz, WSJ, "‘America’s Mississippi’ Review: Overflowing With Life," 29 Nov. 2018 Python hatchlings were first found in Everglades National Park in the 1980s. Allie Raffa, Fox News, "Hybrid python threat has spread beyond Florida Everglades, DNA study shows," 10 Sep. 2018 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

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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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