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verb (used without object), nid·i·fi·cat·ed, nid·i·fi·cat·ing.
  1. to build a nest.
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Origin of nidificate

1810–20; < Latin nīdificātus (past participle of nīdificāre to build a nest); see nidify, -ate1
Related formsnid·i·fi·ca·tion, nounnid·i·fi·ca·tion·al, adjective
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Examples from the Web for nidification

Historical Examples

  • In the time of nidification the most feeble birds will assault the most rapacious.

    The Natural History of Selborne, Vol. 1

    Gilbert White

  • Thanks about the instinct of nidification, and for your answers on many points.

  • The most interesting of these questions are those which relate to its nesting and nidification.

  • But very little is known of the nidification of the Brent Goose.

    British Sea Birds

    Charles Dixon

  • In the time of nidification, the most feeble birds will assault the most rapacious.

Word Origin and History for nidification


"nest-building," 1650s, from nidify, from Latin nidus "a nest" (see nest (n.)) + -ify.

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