Praecocial Pr[ae]*co"cial, a. (Zo["o]l.) Of or pertaining to the Pr[ae]coces. [1913 Webster]

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  • praecocial — adj. & n. (US precocial) adj. (of a bird) having young that can feed themselves as soon as they are hatched. n. a praecocial bird (cf. ALTRICIAL). Etymology: L praecox cocis (as PRECOCIOUS) * * * praecocial adjective see ↑precocial • • • Main… …   Useful english dictionary

  • altricial — adj. & n. adj. (of a bird) whose young require care and feeding by the parents after hatching. n. an altricial bird (cf. PRAECOCIAL). Etymology: L altrix altricis (fem.) nourisher f. altor f. alere altus nourish …   Useful english dictionary

  • precocial — US var. of PRAECOCIAL. * * * precocial, a. Now the usual spelling of præcocial a …   Useful english dictionary

  • pre|co|cial — «prih KOH shuhl», adjective. of or having to do with birds, such as grouse, whose chicks are downy when hatched and able to run about: »The common song birds are all altricial, while domestic fowls, partridges, most wading birds, and the various… …   Useful english dictionary

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