Definition of nidifugous in English:

nidifugous

adjective

  • another term for precocial
    • ‘Please use the ‘chick’ denomination only for chicks and ducklings of nidifugous species.’
    • ‘Chicks are nidifugous and feed themselves shortly after hatching.’
    • ‘The young is nidifugous and can leave the nest in 3 days and is fed by its parents for about 30 days.’
    • ‘But, then there is a nidifugous species that can't wait to ‘flee’ the nest.’
    • ‘In nidifugous species, parental care consists largely of protecting the chicks from predation and teaching them where to feed.’

Origin

Early 20th century: from Latin nidus ‘nest’ + fugere ‘flee’ + -ous.

Pronunciation

nidifugous

/nɪˈdɪfjʊɡəs/