Origin of altricialModern Latin altricialis from Classical Latin altrix, a nurse, feminine of altor, one who nourishes from alere, to feed: see old
Origin of altricialFrom Latin altrīx altrīc- 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’.