from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A nest: a repository for the eggs of birds, insects, etc.; a breeding place; esp., the place or substance where parasites or the germs of a disease effect lodgment or are developed.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A nest; specifically, in entomology, the nest, case, or cell formed by an insect or a spider for the reception of its eggs.
- n. A place or point in a living organism where a germ, whether proper or foreign to the organism, normal or morbid, may find means of development: as, the nidus of the embryo in the womb; the nidus of a parasite in the intestine; the nidus of pus.
- n. Any one of the small collections of ganglion-cells in the medulla oblongata and elsewhere which constitute the deep origins of cranial nerves: usually called nucleus.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a central point or locus of an infection in an organism
- n. a nest in which spiders or insects deposit their eggs
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