• WordNet 3.6
    • adj fledgeling (of a young bird) having acquired its flight feathers "a fledgling robin"
    • n fledgeling young bird that has just fledged or become capable of flying
    • n fledgeling any new participant in some activity
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In literature:

Meeko was running along a limb, the first of the fledgelings in his mouth.
"Secret of the Woods" by William J. Long
It saw the egg and probably the chick, but not the fledgeling.
"Birds and Bees, Sharp Eyes and, Other Papers" by John Burroughs
Her spirit felt as bruised as a fledgeling fallen upon stony ground.
"The Ward of King Canute" by Ottilie A. Liljencrantz
In one day the herd-boy crew Careless slew thy fledgelings fine.
"A Celtic Psaltery" by Alfred Perceval Graves
He is still tender like the fledgelings of the hawks of the Balkans, but soon, very soon, he will learn to spread his pinions.
"Halil the Pedlar" by Mór Jókai
They like its down for their nests and its seeds to feed the fledgelings.
"Some Summer Days in Iowa" by Frederick John Lazell
Luke is, doubtless, the stray rook, and a fledgeling hath flown hither from a distant country.
"Rookwood" by William Harrison Ainsworth
It saw the egg and probably the chick, but not the fledgeling.
"Bird Stories from Burroughs" by John Burroughs
In feeding the young birds the old ones always perch first at a short distance, and after waiting a minute proceed to their fledgelings.
"The Toilers of the Field" by Richard Jefferies
The knowing bird is not caught in the snare, and I, Dilasah, am not a fledgeling.
"Barclay of the Guides" by Herbert Strang

In poetry:

Phoenix, Phoenix
The nest is in flames
Feathers are singeing.
Ash flutters flocculent, like down on a blue, wan fledgeling.
"St. John" by D H Lawrence
Sing, 'O an my love were a fledgeling dove
That flutters forlorn o' her shallow nest,
'T is I would render her service tender,
And carry her, carry her on my breast.'
"An Arrow-Slit" by Jean Ingelow

In news:

CULLMAN — Hailing from Murfreesboro, Tenn. Indie rockers We Were The States have made a fledgeling career out of jamming Strokes-esque tunes in bars and on stages around the southeast.