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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To take care of (a young bird) until it is ready to fly.
  • transitive v. To cover with or as if with feathers.
  • transitive v. To provide (an arrow) with feathers.
  • intransitive v. To grow the plumage necessary for flight.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To care for a young bird until it is capable of flight.
  • v. To grow, cover or be covered with feathers.
  • v. To decorate with feathers.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Feathered; furnished with feathers or wings; able to fly.
  • v. To furnish with feathers; to supply with the feathers necessary for flight.
  • v. To furnish or adorn with any soft covering.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Able to fly: having the wings developed for flight; fledged.
  • To acquire feathers large enough for flight; in general, to acquire full plumage: often with out: as, the young birds have fledged out.
  • To feather or provide with plumage; provide with anything resembling plumage.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. feed, care for, and rear young birds for flight
  • v. grow feathers
  • v. decorate with feathers

Etymologies

Probably from obsolete fledge, feathered, from Middle English flegge, from Old English *flycge; see pleu- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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