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Of or relating to the rearing of larvae by social insects; specifically in "nutricial castration", the inhibition of sexual development in workers (especially worker wasps) employed in this task.
1920s; earliest use found in William Morton Wheeler (1865–1937). From classical Latin nūtrīc-, nūtrīx nurse + -ial, after French nutricial.
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