Definitions

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  • noun As much or many as will fill a nest.

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  • noun As much or many as will fill a nest.

Etymologies

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nest +‎ -ful

Examples

  • And then, coming back to the cave one day with a nestful of young-hatched pheasants, I found Lop-Ear had killed the puppy and was just beginning to eat him.

    CHAPTER VIII

  • But rather than mimic the sound of a single warbler, the cuckoo can sing like an entire nestful.

    Parasite Rex

  • But rather than mimic the sound of a single warbler, the cuckoo can sing like an entire nestful.

    Parasite Rex

  • But rather than mimic the sound of a single warbler, the cuckoo can sing like an entire nestful.

    Parasite Rex

  • "To the broody hen the notion would probably seem monstrous that there should be a creature in the world to whom a nestful of eggs was not the utterly fascinating and precious and never-to-be-too-much-sat-upon object which it is to her."

    On Scientific Explorations of Human Nature

  • "To the broody hen the notion would probably seem monstrous that there should be a creature in the world to whom a nestful of eggs was not the utterly fascinating and precious and never-to-be-too-much-sat-upon object which it is to her."

    Five Best

  • They're a nestful of vipers, these advisers, in grim battle with one another and the exigencies of their career-stuffed lives -- but all devoted in their ways to the PM and her political aims.

    Strange Days at 10 Downing

  • "It will be very interesting to see how much farther they will go," says Rainer Altenkamp, a Berlin biologist who just ringed a nestful of hawk chicks in a small Jewish cemetery downtown.

    The New Jungles

  • Another occupant of this nestful tree is the sulphur-crested cockatoo, whose eggs are laid deep down in a hollow.

    The Confessions of a Beachcomber

  • But she suffered, no doubt, in her own way; she was red-eyed, and very hasty-handed with her nestful of babes.

    Australia Felix

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