altricial

adjective
al·​tri·​cial | \ al-ˈtri-shəl How to pronounce altricial (audio) \

Definition of altricial

: being hatched or born or having young that are hatched or born in a very immature and helpless condition so as to require care for some time altricial birds — compare precocial

First Known Use of altricial

1869, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for altricial

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 29 Feb. 2020.

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