- a nest, especially one in which insects, spiders, etc., deposit their eggs.
- a place or point in an organism where a germ or other organism can develop or breed.
Origin of nidus
Examples from the Web for nidus
Historical Examples of nidus
This thin but rough covering entangles stray particles, and thus by its own decay affords a nidus for a stronger growth.The Dwelling House
George Vivian Poore
These flies are continually prowling about and prying into every corner, to find, by stealth, a nidus for their eggs.Insect Architecture
It has indeed been much more than Shelley seems to have realized, the nidus of a love pure and wholesome, if not very passionate.Shelley and the Marriage Question
What would there be in his system which could furnish a nidus for its reception?Vegetable Diet: As Sanctioned by Medical Men, and by Experience in All Ages
William Andrus Alcott
Beyond the Kirghisians lodged a nidus of Bucharians, wild as the asses of Numidia.
- the nest in which insects or spiders deposit their eggs
- pathol a focus of infection
- a cavity in which plant spores develop
Word Origin for nidus
Word Origin and History for nidus
"nest, breeding place," 1742, from Latin nidus "a nest," from Old Latin *nizdus (see nest (n.)). Figurative use by 1807. Classical plural is nidi.
- A central point or focus of bacterial growth in a living organism.
- A nest, especially one for the eggs of insects, spiders, pathogenic organisms, or small animals.
- A cavity where spores develop.
- A point or place at which something originates, accumulates, or develops, as the center around which calculi form.