Precocial Definition

Designating or of birds whose newly hatched young are covered with down and fully active.
Webster's New World
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.
American Heritage

Origin of Precocial

  • From New Latin praecocēs precocial birds from pl. of Latin praecox premature precocious

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Latin praecŏcÄ­a (“places where fruits ripen early")

    From Wiktionary

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