plural noun
altricial birds


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    helpless at birth or hatching and requiring parental care for a period of time (opposed to ) adjective (of the young of some species of birds after hatching) naked, blind, and dependent on the parents for food noun an altricial bird, such as a pigeon altricial (āl-trĭsh’əl) Born or hatched in a helpless condition requiring […]

  • Altrincham

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  • Altruist

    a person unselfishly concerned for or devoted to the welfare of others (opposed to ). Historical Examples Jerris the First was neither a power-mad dictator nor an altruist, although he had been called both. The Unnecessary Man Gordon Randall Garrett To be the altruist, one must first be the egoist (say the philosophers), to give, […]

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