Ornithology designating or of birds whose newly hatched young are helpless and hence confined to the nest for some time; nidicolous
Origin of altricialModern Latin altricialis ; from Classical Latin altrix, a nurse, feminine of altor, one who nourishes ; from alere, to feed: see old
Hatched or born with the eyes closed and with little or no down or hair, and requiring parental care. Used of birds and mammals.
Origin of altricialFrom Latin altr&imacron;x, altr&imacron;c-, feminine of altor, nourisher, from alere, to nourish; see al-2 in Indo-European roots.
(comparative more altricial, superlative most altricial)
- (zoology) Helpless at birth (of young animals); or having young which are helpless at birth.
From modern Latin Altrices (a former division of birds), plural of altrix, the feminine of altor ‘nourisher’, from alere ‘nourish’.