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altoist
Altometer
Alton
Alton Glenn Miller
Altoona
Altorf
altorilievo
Altos
altostratus
altostratus cloud
Altrical
Altrices
Altrincham
altruism
altruist
altruistic
altruistically
Altun
Altyn
Aluco flammeus
Aludel
alula
alular
Alum

altricial definitions

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

adj
1: (of hatchlings) naked and blind and dependent on parents for food [ant: precocial]

Merriam Webster's

adjective Etymology: Latin altric-, altrix, feminine of altor one who nourishes, from alere to nourish more at old Date: 1872 being hatched or born or having young that are hatched or born in a very immature and helpless condition so as to require care for some time <altricial birds> compare precocial

Oxford Reference Dictionary

adj. & n. --adj. (of a bird) whose young require care and feeding by the parents after hatching. --n. an altricial bird (cf. PRAECOCIAL). Etymology: L altrix altricis (fem.) nourisher f. altor f. alere altus nourish



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