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precocial

[pri-koh-shuh l] /prɪˈkoʊ ʃəl/
adjective, Biology
1.
(of an animal species) active and able to move freely from birth or hatching and requiring little parental care (opposed to altricial).
Origin of precocial
1870-1875
1870-75; precoci(ous) + -al1
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precocial

/prɪˈkəʊʃəl/
adjective
1.
(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
noun
2.
a precocial bird
Compare altricial
Word Origin
C19: see precocious
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precocial
  (prĭ-kō'shəl)   
Born or hatched in a condition requiring relatively little parental care, as by having hair or feathers, open eyes, and the ability to move about. Water birds, reptiles, and herd animals usually have precocial young. Compare altricial.
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