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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Remaining in the nest after hatching until grown or nearly grown. Used of a bird.
  • adj. Sharing the nest of another species of animal: nidicolous mites.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Tending to stay at the nest or birthplace for a long time after birth, due to dependence on the parents for feeding and protection.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Abiding in the nest; noting those birds which are hatched in a more or less holploss condition and remain for some time in the nest; altricial: contrasted with nidifugous.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. (of birds) remaining in the nest for a time after hatching

Etymologies

Latin n─źdus, nest; + -colous.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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