altricial

[al-trish-uh l]

Origin of altricial

1870–75; < Latin altrīc-, stem of altrīx wet nurse, nourisher (al(ere) to nourish (cf. aliment) + -trīx -trix) + -al1
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British Dictionary definitions for altricial

altricial

adjective
  1. (of the young of some species of birds after hatching) naked, blind, and dependent on the parents for food
noun
  1. an altricial bird, such as a pigeon
Compare precocial

Word Origin for altricial

C19: from New Latin altriciālis, from Latin altrix a nurse, from alere to nourish
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altricial in Science

altricial

[ăl-trĭshəl]
  1. Born or hatched in a helpless condition requiring prolonged parental care, as by being naked, blind, or unable to move about. Nesting birds, monotremes, marsupials, and carnivores have altricial young. Compare precocial.
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