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Considering that a kitten is a young cat by itself, is it grammatically correct to say "baby kitten"? Or is "baby kitten" awkward as it would mean something like "baby young cat"?

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    Kitten means a "baby cat". I think baby in baby kitten is a term of endearment.
    – user 66974
    Jun 8, 2018 at 8:35
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    Is there a 'teenager' kitten, slightly older than 'baby' but not quite an adult cat? I suppose baby kitten can be contrasted with an older kitten.
    – Lawrence
    Jun 8, 2018 at 8:42
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    I agree with @Lawrence. "Kitten" can apply to a fairly large feline (in human terms, "kitten" probably covers "new born" right through to "tween" or even "teenager"). Sometimes the evidence of kittenhood (!?) comes through behaviour where the physical characteristics and size suggest "cat". I think the phrase "baby kitten" is probably just clarifying age. It does feel redundant, though.
    – Pam
    Jun 8, 2018 at 8:56
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  • It is as grammatical as "red car" and "dry water".
    – Jim
    Jun 11, 2018 at 2:29

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Yes, "baby kitten" is allowable. It could be considered somewhat redundant, but it's a sort of redundancy that serves to act as a way of making the phrase more emphatic, e.g., "Look at how cute the baby kittens are!"