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1An animal which lives in the nest, burrow, etc., of another species.
2A bird or other animal whose young remain in the nest, burrow, etc., for an extended period after birth. Compare nidifugerare.
1950s; earliest use found in Irish Naturalists' Journal. From classical Latin nīdus nest + -cole, after nidicolous.
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