altricial /əlˈtrɪʃ(ə)l/

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I. adjective

1.
[Zoology] (of a young bird or other animal) hatched or born in an undeveloped state and requiring care and feeding by the parents.
2.
[Zoology] (of a particular species) having altricial young.
– origin late 19th cent.: from Latin altrix, altric-, feminine of altor ‘nourisher’, from alere ‘nourish’.

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