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Princeton's WordNet

  1. fledged, matureadjective

    (of birds) having developed feathers or plumage; often used in combination

  2. fledged, vanedadjective

    (of an arrow) equipped with feathers


  1. fledgedadjective

    Able to fly.


  1. fledged

    Fledging is the stage in a flying animal's life between hatching or birth and becoming capable of flight. This term is most frequently applied to birds, but is also used for bats. For altricial birds, those that spend more time in vulnerable condition in the nest, the nestling and fledging stage can be the same. For precocial birds, those that develop and leave the nest quickly, a short nestling stage precedes a longer fledging stage. All birds are considered to have fledged when the feathers and wing muscles are sufficiently developed for flight. A young bird that has recently fledged but is still dependent upon parental care and feeding is called a fledgling. People often want to help fledglings, as they appear vulnerable, but it is best to leave them alone. The USA National Phenology Network defines the phenophase (or life cycle stage) of fledged young for birds as "One or more young are seen recently departed from the nest. This includes young incapable of sustained flight and young which are still dependent on adults." In many species, parents continue to care for their fledged young, either by leading them to food sources, or feeding them. Birds are vulnerable after they have left the nest, but before they can fly, though once fledged their chances of survival increase dramatically. One species, the ancient murrelet, fledges two days after hatching, running from its burrow to the ocean and its calling parents. Once it reaches the ocean, its parents care for it for several weeks. Other species, such as guillemots and terns, leave the nesting site while they are still unable to fly. The fledging behavior of the guillemot is spectacular; the adult leads the chick to the edge of the cliff, where the colony is located, and the chick will then launch itself off, attempting to fly as far as possible, before crash landing on the ocean.

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  1. Fledged

    of Fledge

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of fledged in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of fledged in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

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  1. Thor Halvorssen:

    Maduro has with this most recent announcement done what ‘chavismo’ has been unable to accomplish in 18 years, there is a worldwide consensus that Venezuela cannot be described in any way other than a full-fledged dictatorship.

  2. Brian Rogers and Caitlin McGuire:

    For both of us, it was pretty easy to see this as a great opportunity to do something different, we were just working in the service industry so it's not like either of us had any full-fledged careers that we were afraid to leave behind or families that we were worried about risking or providing for.

  3. Stewart Chiron:

    Many of these ships have extensive medical facilities and well-trained staff onboard but they usually don’t have someone trained in delivery and they are not full-fledged hospital emergency rooms.

  4. Japhter Rugut:

    We have fulfilled most of the WADA requirements, wADA wanted a fully fledged independent agency which is not a branch of the ministry or its department. An agency that is beyond influence from external forces.

  5. Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan:

    They have nothing to do with a religious community, they are a fully-fledged terrorist organisation... This cancer is different, this virus has spread everywhere, the business world is where they are the strongest. We will cut off all business links, all revenues of Gulen-linked business. We are not going to show anyone any mercy.

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    (of a flowering plant) having two cotyledons in the seed
    • A. usurious
    • B. sesquipedalian
    • C. lank
    • D. dicotyledonous

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