v. fledged, fledg·ing, fledg·es
1. To raise (a young bird) until it is ready to leave the nest: a pair of ducks that fledged several young.
2. To cover with or as if with feathers.
3. Archaic To provide (an arrow) with feathers.
1. To grow the plumage necessary for flight.
2. To leave the nest: nestlings that are about to fledge.
[Probably from obsolete fledge, feathered, from Middle English flegge, from Old English *flycge; see pleu- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
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