Definition of precocial in English:

precocial

Line breaks: pre|co¦cial
Pronunciation: /prɪˈkəʊʃ(ə)l
 
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Zoology

adjective

1(Of a young bird or other animal) hatched or born in an advanced state and able to feed itself almost immediately. Also called nidifugous. Often contrasted with altricial.
More example sentences
  • Young in precocial birds that are fed by their parents also engage in vocal and postural begging displays.
  • The young are precocial and are tended by both parents.
  • Males leave the females soon after incubation begins, and females provide uniparental care for precocial young.
1.1(Of a particular species) having precocial young.
More example sentences
  • Lack proposed that for species with precocial young, mean clutch size is determined by the average amount of nutrients available to females at the time of egg production.
  • We predicted that species with precocial newborn should have synchronized births as an antipredator strategy.

Origin

late 19th century: from modern Latin Praecoces (the name of a former division of birds, plural of Latin praecox 'mature before its time') + -ial.

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