from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Covered with down and capable of moving about when hatched. Used of wading birds and domestic fowl.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. hatched from the egg already covered in down and with eyes open; capable of leaving the nest within a few days
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Of or pertaining to the Præcoces; having the characters of the Præcoces: opposed to altricial.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. (of hatchlings) covered with down and having eyes open; capable of leaving the nest within a few days
From New Latin praecocēs, precocial birds, from pl. of Latin praecox, premature; see precocious.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin praecŏcĭa ("places where fruits ripen early") (Wiktionary)