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[mass noun] Nest-building.
- ‘When a raven is killed during nidification, the bereaved mate goes away, and after a short absence returns with another raven.’
- ‘The language of Wilson and Audubon is somewhat ambiguous, but may fairly be taken as implying the male bird's presence throughout the period of nidification.’
- ‘April and July were the lowest nidification periods for Trypoxylon species.’
Mid 17th century: from Latin nidificat- made into a nest (from the verb nidificare, from nidus nest) + -ation.
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