nidifugous

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

adjective

leaving the nest shortly after hatching.

Nearby words

  1. nidge,
  2. nidhogg,
  3. nidicolous,
  4. nidificate,
  5. nidification,
  6. nidify,
  7. nidus,
  8. nidus avis,
  9. nidwalden,
  10. niebuhr

Compare nidicolous.

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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