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[nahy-dik-uh-luh s]
  1. remaining in the nest for a period after hatching.
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Origin of nidicolous

1900–05; < Latin nīd- (stem of nīdus) nest + -i- + -colous
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Historical Examples of nidicolous

  • Carnivorous, desmognathous, nidicolous, without functional caeca.

    Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 3, Slice 7


British Dictionary definitions for nidicolous


  1. (of young birds) remaining in the nest for some time after hatching
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Word Origin for nidicolous

C19: from Latin nīdus nest + colere to inhabit
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Word Origin and History for nidicolous


of birds, "bearing young which are helpless at birth," 1920, from Modern Latin Nidicolae (1894), from Latin nidus (see nest (n.)) + colere "to inhabit" (see colony). Contrasted to nidifugous birds (1902), whose young are well-developed and leave the nest at birth (from Latin fugere "to flee").

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