Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Remaining in the nest after hatching until grown or nearly grown. Used of a bird.
  • adjective Sharing the nest of another species of animal.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Abiding in the nest; noting those birds which are hatched in a more or less holploss condition and remain for some time in the nest; altricial: contrasted with nidifugous.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective zoology Tending to stay at the nest or birthplace for a long time after birth, due to dependence on the parents for feeding and protection.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adjective (of birds) remaining in the nest for a time after hatching

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Latin nīdus, nest; see sed- in Indo-European roots + –colous.]

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    March 15, 2015