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[nahy-duh s]
noun, plural ni·di [nahy-dahy] /ˈnaɪ daɪ/.
  1. a nest, especially one in which insects, spiders, etc., deposit their eggs.
  2. a place or point in an organism where a germ or other organism can develop or breed.
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Origin of nidus

1735–45; < Latin nīdus nest
Related formsni·dal, adjective
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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.

  • It has indeed been much more than Shelley seems to have realized, the nidus of a love pure and wholesome, if not very passionate.

  • What would there be in his system which could furnish a nidus for its reception?

  • Beyond the Kirghisians lodged a nidus of Bucharians, wild as the asses of Numidia.

British Dictionary definitions for nidus


noun plural -di (-daɪ)
  1. the nest in which insects or spiders deposit their eggs
  2. pathol a focus of infection
  3. a cavity in which plant spores develop
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Derived Formsnidal, adjective

Word Origin for nidus

C18: from Latin nest
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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.

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nidus in Medicine


n. pl. ni•dus•es
  1. A central point or focus of bacterial growth in a living organism.
  2. A nest, especially one for the eggs of insects, spiders, pathogenic organisms, or small animals.
  3. A cavity where spores develop.
  4. A point or place at which something originates, accumulates, or develops, as the center around which calculi form.
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