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1. Remaining in the nest after hatching until grown or nearly grown. Used of a bird.
2. Sharing the nest of another species of animal: nidicolous mites.

[Latin nīdus, nest; see sed- in Indo-European roots + -colous.]
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(Zoology) (of young birds) remaining in the nest for some time after hatching
[C19: from Latin nīdus nest + colere to inhabit]
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(naɪˈdɪk ə ləs)

remaining in the nest for a period after hatching.
[1900–05; < Latin nīd- (s. of nīdus) nest + -i- + -colous]
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Adj.1.nidicolous - (of birds) remaining in the nest for a time after hatching
nidifugous - (of birds) leaving the nest shortly after hatching
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