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nest·ling

 (nĕst′lĭng, nĕs′-)
n.
1. A young bird that has not yet left its nest.
2. A young child.
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nestling

(ˈnɛstlɪŋ; ˈnɛslɪŋ)
n
1. (Zoology)
a. a young bird not yet fledged
b. (as modifier): a nestling thrush.
2. any young person or animal
[C14: from nest + -ling1]
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nest•ling

(ˈnɛst lɪŋ, ˈnɛs lɪŋ)

n.
1. a bird too young to leave the nest.
2. a young child or infant.
[1350–1400]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.nestling - young bird not yet fledgednestling - young bird not yet fledged    
young bird - a bird that is still young
2.nestling - a young person of either sexnestling - a young person of either sex; "she writes books for children"; "they're just kids"; "`tiddler' is a British term for youngster"
child's body - the body of a human child
juvenile, juvenile person - a young person, not fully developed
bairn - a child: son or daughter
buster - a robust child
changeling - a child secretly exchanged for another in infancy
child prodigy, infant prodigy, wonder child - a prodigy whose talents are recognized at an early age; "Mozart was a child prodigy"
foster child, foster-child, fosterling - a child who is raised by foster parents
scamp, imp, monkey, rapscallion, rascal, scalawag, scallywag - one who is playfully mischievous
kiddy - a young child
orphan - a child who has lost both parents
peanut - a young child who is small for his age
picaninny - (ethnic slur) offensive term for a Black child
poster child - a child afflicted by some disease or deformity whose picture is used on posters to raise money for charitable purposes; "she was the poster child for muscular dystrophy"
kindergartener, kindergartner, preschooler - a child who attends a preschool or kindergarten
silly - a word used for misbehaving children; "don't be a silly"
sprog - a child
bambino, toddler, yearling, tot - a young child
urchin - poor and often mischievous city child
street child, waif - a homeless child especially one forsaken or orphaned; "street children beg or steal in order to survive"
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nestling

noun chick, fledgling, baby bird The nestlings are six weeks old when they fly for the first time.
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Translations
فَرْخ طائِر
pískleptačí mládě
fugleunge
madárfióka
hreiîurungi
holíča
kuş civciviyuva kuşu

nestling

[ˈneslɪŋ] Npolluelo m
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nestling

[ˈnɛslɪŋ] n (= bird) → oisillon mnest of tables ntable f gigogne
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nestling

nNestling m
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nestling

[ˈnɛslɪŋ] nuccellino di nido, nidiaceo
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nest

(nest) noun
a structure or place in which birds (and some animals and insects) hatch or give birth to and look after their young. The swallows are building a nest under the roof of our house; a wasp's nest.
verb
to build a nest and live in it. A pair of robins are nesting in that bush.
ˈnestling (-liŋ) noun
a young bird (still in the nest).
ˈnest-egg noun
a sum of money saved up for the future.
feather one's (own) nestfeather
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References in classic literature ?
For her this rhyme is penned, whose luminous eyes, Brightly expressive as the twins of Loeda, Shall find her own sweet name, that, nestling lies Upon the page, enwrapped from every reader.
"Give me a kiss," she said, nestling exhausted in my arms.
The vicarage, nestling close under the shadow of the church-tower, threw no illumination of fire-light or candle-light on the dreary scene.
How could you, my poor little unfledged nestling, find yourself food, and defend yourself from misfortune, and ward off the wiles of evil men?
A Serpent gliding past the nest from its hole in the wall ate up the young unfledged nestlings. The Swallow, finding her nest empty, lamented greatly and exclaimed: "Woe to me a stranger!
We used data from 882 nestling house sparrows in western Nebraska from 2006 to 2008 to examine seasonal variation and age-related correlates of virus infection in the field.
She and her colleagues fed chicks only when they begged at a certain instensity, and the nestling house sparrows needed only a few hours to find the begging levels that got them the most goodies.