[ pri-koh-shuh l ]
/ prɪˈkoʊ ʃəl /
(of an animal species) active and able to move freely from birth or hatching and requiring little parental care (opposed to altricial).
What’s The Difference Between A Bunny, A Rabbit, And A Hare?Let’s start with the two that have scientific names. Hares and rabbits are both in the family Leporidae, but they’re separate species. Both animals have long ears, powerful back legs, and a divided upper lip. But, hares are larger than rabbits. And, instead of creating burrows, hares make nests in the grass. The exposed nesting sites of hares hint at another big difference—when they’re born. Hares are precocial, …
- precocious puberty,
Origin of precocial
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They were exceedingly active, a good example of precocial young.Life Histories of North American Shore Birds, Part 1 (of 2)|Arthur Cleveland Bent
/ (prɪˈkəʊʃəl) /
(of the young of some species of birds after hatching) covered with down, having open eyes, and capable of leaving the nest within a few days of hatching
a precocial bird
Word Origin for precocial
C19: see precocious
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[ prĭ-kō′shəl ]
Born or hatched in a condition requiring relatively little parental care, as by having hair or feathers, open eyes, and the ability to move about. Water birds, reptiles, and herd animals usually have precocial young. Compare altricial.
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