First recorded in 1870–75; precoci(ous) + -al1 (Source: dictionary.com)
Late 19th century from modern Latin Praecoces (the name of a former division of birds, plural of Latin praecox ‘mature before its time’) + -ial. (Source: lexico.com)
Definitions of Precocial
- (of an animal species) active and able to move freely from birth or hatching and requiring little parental care (opposed to altricial).
- (of the young of some species of birds after hatching) covered with down, having open eyes, and capable of leaving the nest within a few days of hatching
- a precocial bird
- (of a young bird or other animal) hatched or born in an advanced state and able to feed itself almost immediately.
- : capable of a high degree of independent activity from birth ducklings are precocial — compare altricial
Example sentences for Precocial
- They were exceedingly active, a good example of precocial young.
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