nidifugous

[ nahy-dif-yuh-guh s ]
/ naɪˈdɪf yə gəs /

adjective

leaving the nest shortly after hatching.

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Origin of nidifugous

1900–05; < Latin nīd- (stem of nīdus) nest + -i- -i- + fug(ere) to flee, take flight + -ous

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British Dictionary definitions for nidifugous

nidifugous
/ (nɪˈdɪfjʊɡəs) /

adjective

(of young birds) leaving the nest very soon after hatching

Word Origin for nidifugous

C19: from Latin nīdus nest + fugere to flee
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