What does the word duckling mean?

Usage examples for duckling

  1. Mrs. Lawrence was to remain in charge at home, and was permitted to send for and receive under her wing her own graceless duckling, with the distinct understanding that he was in no wise to be allowed to interfere with Cary's studies or duties. – A Tame Surrender, A Story of The Chicago Strike by Charles King
  2. He suggested that a lame duckling might grow up into a wonderful swan, and munched his apple ruminatively. – The House of Toys by Henry Russell Miller