from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Helpless, naked, and blind when hatched: altricial birds.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Helpless at birth (of young animals); or having young which are helpless at birth.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. born naked and blind and dependent on parents for food; -- of hatchlings. Opposite of
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Being one of or belonging to the Altrices; having the nature of Altrices; hoterophagous.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. (of hatchlings) naked and blind and dependent on parents for food
From Latin altrīx, altrīc-, feminine of altor, nourisher, from alere, to nourish.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From modern Latin Altrices (a former division of birds), plural of altrix, the feminine of altor ‘nourisher’, from alere ‘nourish’. (Wiktionary)