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nest

(nest),
A group or collection of similar objects.
See also: nidus.
[A.S.]

nest

(nest) a small mass of cells foreign to the area in which it is found.
junctional nest  a nest of dysplastic cells seen at the dermoepidermal junction as part of a junctional nevus.

nest

(nĕst)
n.
a. A structure or shelter made or used by a bird to hold its eggs during incubation and to house its young until fledged.
b. A structure or shelter in which other animals, such as reptiles, fish, or insects, deposit their eggs or tend their young.
c. A structure or complex built by ants, termites, or other social animals to house a colony.
d. A number of insects, birds, or other animals occupying a nest: attacked by a nest of hornets.
v. nested, nesting, nests
v.intr.
To build or occupy a nest.

nest

(nest)
A group or collection of similar objects.
See also: nidus
[A.S.]

nest

1. the bed or shelter constructed by a bird for deposition of its eggs and rearing of its young.
2. a bed prepared by an animal.
3. an accumulation of cells in a foreign location.

nest building
a signal of oncoming broodiness in female birds and of imminent parturition in some mammals.
References in classic literature ?
Thank you," said the hen, nestling closer in Dorothy's arms.
The period at which the perfect plumage is acquired varies, as does the state of the down with which the nestling birds are clothed when hatched.
7 PROCEEDINGS OF THE ROYAL SOCIETY OF LONDON B, they propose that the gape redness of a begging nestling indicates whether the young bird is battling infection.
Using blood samples obtained from the baby birds, the researchers calculated the amount of carbon dioxide produced during respiration -- a measure of nestling metabolic rate and thus energy expenditure.