(horticulture) A fence made up of living plants, especially willow, thus somewhat resembling a hedge.
(transitive) To care for a young bird until it is capable of flight.
(intransitive) To grow, cover or be covered with feathers.
(transitive) To decorate with feathers.
(intransitive) To complete the last moult and become a winged adult insect.
(archaic) Feathered; furnished with feathers or wings; able to fly.
Feathered; furnished with feathers or wings; able to fly.
‘His shoulders, fledge with wings.’;
To furnish with feathers; to supply with the feathers necessary for flight.
‘The birds were not as yet fledged enough to shift for themselves.’;
To furnish or adorn with any soft covering.
‘Your master, whose chin is not yet fledged.’;
feed, care for, and rear young birds for flight
decorate with feathers;
‘fledge an arrow’;
‘The young sparrows are fledging already’;
(of a young bird) develop wing feathers that are large enough for flight
‘the young fledge around four weeks after hatching’;
bring up (a young bird) until its wing feathers are developed enough for flight
‘they fledged twenty-four chicks in fourteen months’;
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.