from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A nest; specifically, in entomology, the nest, case, or cell formed by an insect or a spider for the reception of its eggs.
  • noun 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.
  • noun 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 the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun 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 WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun a central point or locus of an infection in an organism
  • noun a nest in which spiders or insects deposit their eggs


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  • Later, in the new spring, the dragon soared over the rocky plains, bringing back a holly bush, a crenel from ruined Nidus, a rickety hay wagon, and finally, his first killa small centicore that he must have pondered over for about a week, for the smell was so dreadful that the druidess threatened to sprout his tail with mushrooms unless he removed the carcass.

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  • Oliver paced and stared toward the ruins of Nidus, the old castle framed in the rising red light of Lunitari.

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  • A dozen shadowy figures ranged over the ice, a squadron heading north toward the ruins of Nidus.

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  • His works are (_a_) _Moretum_, an idyll; (_b_) _Pulli_, on the breeding of fowls; (_c_) _Nidus_; (_d_) an epic poem, _Annales_.

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  • There were some superb plants of the glossy tropical-looking bird's - nest fern, or Asplenium Nidus, which makes its home on the stems and branches of trees, and brightens the forest with its great shining fronds.

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  • a place in which something is formed or deposited; a site of origin.

    • Medicine a place in which bacteria have multiplied or may multiply; a focus of infection.

    ORIGIN early 18th cent. (in the medical sense focus of infection ): from Latin, literally ‘nest.’

    March 26, 2010