- a nest, especially one in which insects, spiders, etc., deposit their eggs.
- a place or point in an organism where a germ or other organism can develop or breed.
Origin of nidus
1735–45; < Latin nīdus nest
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018
Examples from the Web for nidal
Kimberly Munley was shot three times taking down Nidal Hasan in 2009.How the Army Betrayed the Hero of Fort Hood
April 4, 2014
He voiced a twisted kind of jealousy of Nidal Hasan, who shot and killed 13 at Fort Hood in November 2009.NYPD on the Real ‘Enemies Within’: Going Undercover With Jihadis
September 9, 2013
This is outrageous and I call on you to change the official designation now before the trial for Nidal Hasan proceeds any further.
Furthermore, Nidal Hasan will not be tried as an enemy combatant, but instead will be court-martialed.
Laham pays $200 a month for rent alone, and, like Nidal, she has used up her UNRWA allowance.Syria’s Palestinians Seek Refuge in Lebanon
February 11, 2013
- the nest in which insects or spiders deposit their eggs
- pathol a focus of infection
- a cavity in which plant spores develop
C18: from Latin nest
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Word Origin and History for nidal
"nest, breeding place," 1742, from Latin nidus "a nest," from Old Latin *nizdus (see nest (n.)). Figurative use by 1807. Classical plural is nidi.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- Of, relating to, or characteristic of a nidus.
- A central point or focus of bacterial growth in a living organism.
- A nest, especially one for the eggs of insects, spiders, pathogenic organisms, or small animals.
- A cavity where spores develop.
- A point or place at which something originates, accumulates, or develops, as the center around which calculi form.
The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.