from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A nest, especially one for the eggs of insects, spiders, or small animals.
- n. A cavity where spores develop.
- n. Pathology A central point or focus of bacterial growth in a living organism.
- n. A point or place at which something originates, accumulates, or develops, as the center around which salts of calcium, uric acid, or bile acid form calculi.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A nest for insects or small animals
- n. A locus of infection in an organism
- n. An originating point for a phenomenon
Latin nīdus.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin nīdus ("nest") (Wiktionary)