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Leaving the nest a short time after hatching. Used of a bird.

[Latin nīdus, nest; see sed- in Indo-European roots + Latin -fugus, fleeing (from fugere, to flee; see fugitive).]
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(Zoology) (of young birds) leaving the nest very soon after hatching
[C19: from Latin nīdus nest + fugere to flee]
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(naɪˈdɪf yə gəs)

leaving the nest shortly after hatching.
[1900–05; < Latin nīdus nest + fug(ere) to flee]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.nidifugous - (of birds) leaving the nest shortly after hatching
nidicolous - (of birds) remaining in the nest for a time after hatching
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