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Hatched or born with the eyes open, a covering of down or hair, and the ability to search for food. Used of birds and mammals.
[From New Latin praecocēs, precocial birds, from pl. of Latin praecox, premature; see precocious.]
(Zoology) (of the young of some species of birds after hatching) covered with down, having open eyes, and capable of leaving the nest within a few days of hatching
(Zoology) a precocial bird
[C19: see precocious]
active and able to move freely from birth or hatching and requiring little parental care (opposed to altricial).