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1869, in the meaning defined above
Latin altric-, altrix, feminine of altor one who nourishes, from alere to nourish — more at old
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“Altricial.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/altricial. Accessed 17 Apr. 2021.
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