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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [al-trish-uh l]
    • /ælˈtrɪʃ əl/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [al-trish-uh l]
    • /ælˈtrɪʃ əl/

Definitions of altricial word

  • adjective altricial (of the young of some species of birds after hatching) naked, blind, and dependent on the parents for food 3
  • noun altricial an altricial bird, such as a pigeon 3
  • adjective altricial designating or of birds whose newly hatched young are helpless and hence confined to the nest for some time; nidicolous 3
  • adjective altricial helpless at birth or hatching and requiring parental care for a period of time (opposed to precocial. ) 1
  • noun altricial (of a young bird or other animal) hatched or born in an undeveloped state and requiring care and feeding by the parents. 1
  • adjective altricial (zoology) Helpless at birth (of young animals); or having young which are helpless at birth. 0

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Origin of altricial

First appearance:

before 1870
One of the 26% newest English words
1870-75; < Latin altrīc-, stem of altrīx wet nurse, nourisher (al(ere) to nourish (cf. aliment) + -trīx -trix) + -al1

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altricial popularity

A pretty common term. Usually people know it’s meaning, but prefer to use a more spread out synonym. About 63% of English native speakers know the meaning and use word.
According to our data about 53% of words is more used. This is a rare but used term. It occurs in the pages of specialized literature and in the speech of educated people.

altricial usage trend in Literature

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Top questions with altricial

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