Precocial

/prɪˈkəʊʃ(ə)l/

Origin

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

Precocial

adjective

  1. (of an animal species) active and able to move freely from birth or hatching and requiring little parental care (opposed to altricial).
  2. (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

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Precocial

noun

  1. a precocial bird

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Precocial

adjective

  1. (of a young bird or other animal) hatched or born in an advanced state and able to feed itself almost immediately.

lexico.com

Precocial

adjective

  1. : capable of a high degree of independent activity from birth ducklings are precocial — compare altricial

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Example sentences for Precocial

  1. They were exceedingly active, a good example of precocial young.

Nearby words

precisionism , precisive , preclimax , preclinical , preclude , precocious , precocious puberty , precocity , precognition , precollagenous fiber

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