leaving the nest almost immediately after hatching, as chickens
Origin of nidifugous; from Classical Latin nidus, nest + fugere, to flee (see fugitive) + -ous
Leaving the nest a short time after hatching. Used of a bird.
Origin of nidifugousLatin n&imacron;dus, nest; see sed- in Indo-European roots + Latin -fugus, fleeing (from fugere, to flee; see fugitive).
(comparative more nidifugous, superlative most nidifugous)