from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Leaving the nest a short time after hatching. Used of a bird.
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- adj. That leaves the nest shortly after hatching
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Of birds, able to run about when hatched: same as precocial: contrasted with nidicolous.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. (of birds) leaving the nest shortly after hatching
Latin nīdus, nest; + Latin -fugus, fleeing (from fugere, to flee; see fugitive).(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)