verb (used without object), nid·i·fi·cat·ed, nid·i·fi·cat·ing.

to build a nest.

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Word Origin and History for nidification

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

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