[ nahy-dik-uh-luh s ]
/ naɪˈdɪk ə ləs /


remaining in the nest for a period after hatching.
Compare nidifugous.

Origin of nidicolous

1900–05; < Latin nīd- (stem of nīdus) nest + -i- + -colous Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for nidicolous


/ (nɪˈdɪkələs) /


(of young birds) remaining in the nest for some time after hatching

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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