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 for nestling
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Nestle \Nes"tle\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Nestled; p. pr. & vb. n.
     Nestling.] [AS. nestlian.]
     1. To make and occupy a nest; to nest. [Obs.]
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              The kingfisher . . . nestles in hollow banks.
                                                    --L'Estrange.
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     2. To lie close and snug, as a bird in her nest; to cuddle
        up; to settle, as in a nest; to harbor; to take shelter.
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              Their purpose was to fortify in some strong place of
              the wild country, and there nestle till succors
              came.                                 --Bacon.
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              The children were nestled all snug in their beds
              While visions of sugarplums danced in their heads.
                                                    --Clement
                                                    Clarke Moore
                                                    (A Visit From
                                                    St. Nicholas,
                                                    (a poem
                                                    [1823]) also
                                                    called The
                                                    Night Before
                                                    Christmas).
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     3. To move about in one's place, like a bird when shaping the
        interior of her nest or a young bird getting close to the
        parent; as, a child nestles.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Nestling \Nes"tling\, a.
     Newly hatched; being yet in the nest.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Nestling \Nes"tling\ n.
     1. A young bird which has not abandoned the nest. --Piers
        Plowman.
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     2. A nest; a receptacle. [Obs.] --Bacon.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  nestling
      n 1: young bird not yet fledged [syn: nestling, baby bird]
      2: a young person of either sex; "she writes books for
         children"; "they're just kids"; "`tiddler' is a British term
         for youngster" [syn: child, kid, youngster, minor,
         shaver, nipper, small fry, tiddler, tike, tyke,
         fry, nestling]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  151 Moby Thesaurus words for "nestling":
     amorous dalliance, apprentice, avifauna, baby, baby bird, beginner,
     billing and cooing, bird, bird of Jove, bird of Juno,
     bird of Minerva, bird of night, bird of passage, bird of prey,
     birdie, birdlife, birdling, birdy, bundling, cage bird, calf,
     callow, caressing, catechumen, catling, chick, chickling, chicky,
     colt, cub, cuddling, cygnet, dalliance, deb, debutant, dewy,
     diving bird, dogie, dove, duckling, eagle, eaglet, entrant,
     ever-new, evergreen, fawn, firsthand, fish-eating bird, fledgling,
     flightless bird, foal, fondling, fowl, fresh, freshman,
     fruit-eating bird, fryer, fulmar, game bird, gosling, green,
     greenhorn, greeny, hugging, immature, infant, insect-eating bird,
     intact, kid, kissing, kit, kitten, lamb, lambkin, learner, litter,
     lollygagging, lovemaking, maiden, maidenly, migrant,
     migratory bird, necking, neophyte, neoteric, nest, new, newcomer,
     novice, novitiate, nuzzling, original, oscine bird, owl,
     passerine bird, peacock, peafowl, peahen, perching bird, petting,
     pigeon, piglet, pigling, polliwog, pristine, probationer, pullet,
     pup, puppy, ratite, raw, raw recruit, recruit, rookie, sea bird,
     seed-eating bird, sempervirent, sexual intercourse, shoat,
     shore bird, snuggling, songbird, spooning, squab, storm petrel,
     stormy petrel, swan, tadpole, tenderfoot, trainee, tyro, unbeaten,
     undeveloped, unfledged, unhandled, untouched, untried, untrodden,
     unused, vernal, virgin, virginal, wading bird, warbler, water bird,
     waterfowl, weaner, whelp, wildfowl, yeanling, young
  
  

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