December 17, 2007


unfledged \uhn-FLEJD\, adjective:
1. Lacking the feathers necessary for flight.
2. Not fully developed; immature.

Some also charge the leaders with sheltering unfledged youth from the real world or, as one public education official quoted in the Washington Post put it, "prolonging a cocoon existence."
-- Helen Mondloch, "Homegrown Virtue on Campus", World and I, November 1, 2001

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