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Definition of the adjective altricial
What does altricial mean as an attribute of a noun?
- (of hatchlings) naked and blind and dependent on parents for food
- antonym: precocial
Alternative definition of the adjective altricial
- [zoology] Helpless at birth (of young animals); or having young which are helpless at birth.
- synonym: nidicolous
Altricial, meaning "requiring nourishment", refers to a pattern of growth and development in organisms which are incapable of moving around on their own soon after hatching or being born. The word is derived from the Latin root alere meaning "to nurse, to rear, or to nourish" and refers to the need for young to be fed and taken care of for a long duration. Species whose young are immediately or quickly mobile are known as precocial.
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by Philip Winn
altricial. mammals. see maternal behaviour. altruism. Modern, intimate studies of animal behaviour have repeatedly shown that nature is not always 'red in tooth and claw'. Individuals help each other: to avoid predation (sounding alarms, ...
by Bernard Wood
altricial. Taxa with newborn offspring that are still at a relatively.
Mammalian neonates are subdivided into three classes: altricial (immature), precocial (fully developed), and intermediate species. These primary parameters interact with other factors, including postnatal growth rate, litter size, and social ...
The Dictionary of Psychology (2016)
by Ray Corsini
altricial species See ALTRIX. altrigenderism A socially approved, nonsexual association between individuals of the opposite sex. See PLATONICLOVE. altri (nourisher¦Latin) An ornithological term meaning ...
by Paul A. Rees
Encyclopedia of Dinosaurs (1997)
by Philip J. Currie, Kevin Padian
Juvenile altricial to precocial. Megapode fowl build and maintain fermenting vegetation mound nest incubators. Juveniles precocial and independent upon hatching. Ratites (living and recent)—Reproductive output low in island examples, high ...
by Dr. Stephen H. Schneider, Dr. Michael Mastrandrea, Terry L. Root
Altricial young hatch with closed eyes and just a few feathers and are highly dependent on parents for both food and protection from the elements for at least a few weeks after hatching. In contrast, precocial young can run or swim quickly after ...
The Century dictionary (1906)
altricial. altricial. (al-tris'ial),. a. [<. Altrices.] Being. one of or belonging to the Altrices; having the nature of Altrices ; heterophagous. Alto-rilievo. Hermes, Eurydice, and Orpheus : in the Museo Nazionale, Naples. altropathy (al-trop'a-thi) , n.
by Stanley J. Ulijaszek, Francis E. Johnston, Michael A. Preece
Among eutherians, there are striking differences between altricial species, which are born at a relatively early stage of development, at which they are helpless, and precocial species which are born better developed and more competent.
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Scrabble value of A1L1T1R1I1C3I1A1L1
The value of this 9-letter word is 11 points, but it's not an accepted word in the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.
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