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WordNet 3.0Copyright Princeton University


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adj. - (of hatchlings) covered with down and having eyes open.

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  • A newborn from a so-called precocial species -- one that isn't utterly helpless without its parents -- learns to recognize its parents 'traits in a process known as...
  • Instead, they are precocial, which means that shortly after hatching they are able to leave the nest and feed themselves.
  • Other techniques used to deal with unpredictable rainfall include drying and reviving, toxic sap, and precocial flowering.
  • A few species have precocial chicks that depart the nest for the sea within 1-2 days of hatching, and are raised by their parents at sea. for more
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