Definition of nidicolous in English:

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nidicolous

Pronunciation: /nīˈdikələs/

adjective

Another term for altricial.
Example sentences
  • Magpie nestlings, as well as most nidicolous birds, change skin color from red to orange.
  • Both parents feed two to seven nidicolous nestlings.
  • About 95% of all birds are at least socially monogamous, with both male and female partners typically providing substantial parental care in nidicolous species.

Origin

Early 20th century: from Latin nidus 'nest' + -colus 'inhabiting' (from the verb colere 'live in, cultivate').

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Syllabification: ni·dic·o·lous

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