plural noun

often capitalized
: altricial birds

Word History


Latin, plural of altric-, altrix female nourisher, from altor male nourisher (from altus, past participle of alere to nourish + -or -or) + -ic-, -ix -trix

First Known Use

1851, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of altrices was in 1851

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“Altrices.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Dec. 2023.

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