Word of the DayTuesday, September 23, 2014
\NID-uh-fi-keyt\ , verb;
Many nidificate in holes of trees, or in the earth; the eggs are white and subspherical.
-- Richard Owen, On the Anatomy of Vertebrates, Vol. II, 1866
"Take," said he, "every thing belongin' to you out of my establishment: you were always a plague to me, but now more so than ever. Be quick, sirra, and nidificate for yourself somewhere else."
-- William Carleton, "The Poor Scholar," Traits and Stories of the Irish Peasantry, 1830
Nidificate entered English in the early 1800s from the Latin nīdificāre meaning "to build a nest."
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