fledge

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Etymology[edit]

From Middle English flegge, fligge, flygge, from Old English *flycge ‎(able to fly, fledged) (attested in *unflycge, unfligge ‎(unfledged)), from Proto-Germanic *flugjaz ‎(able to fly, fledged), from Proto-Indo-European *plewk- ‎(to run, flow, be swift, flee, fly). Cognate with Dutch vlug ‎(fledged, able to fly, nimble, swift), Low German flügge ‎(fledged), German flügge, flücke ‎(fledged), Icelandic fleygur ‎(able to fly, fledged).

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Verb[edit]

fledge ‎(third-person singular simple present fledges, present participle fledging, simple past and past participle fledged)

  1. (transitive) To care for a young bird until it is capable of flight.
  2. (intransitive) To grow, cover or be covered with feathers.
  3. (transitive) To decorate with feathers.

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Adjective[edit]

fledge ‎(not comparable)

  1. (archaic) Feathered; furnished with feathers or wings; able to fly.
    • Milton
      his shoulders, fledge with wings