altricial

adjective al·tri·cial \ al-ˈtri-shəl \

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

Origin and Etymology of altricial

Latin altric-, altrix, feminine of altor one who nourishes, from alere to nourish — more at old


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