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Origin uncertain; possibly from Middle French nid (modern French nid (nest)), or its etymon Latin nīdus (nest)[1] (ultimately from Proto-Indo-European *nisdós (nest)).



nide (plural nides)

  1. (archaic) A nest of pheasants.
    Synonym: nye
    • 1809, William Nicholson, “SPORTING”, in The British Encyclopedia, or Dictionary of Arts and Sciences; [], volume VI (S … Z), London: Printed by C[harles] Whittingham, []; for Longman, Hurst, Rees, and Orme, [], OCLC 978021632, column 2:
      [A] nide of pheasants are sometimes collected in a very small space, and in the middle of the day conceal themselves very close.
    • 1818, J[ohn] Hassell, “Brentwood”, in Picturesque Rides and Walks, with Excursions by Water, Thirty Miles Round the British Metropolis; Illustrated in a Series of Engravings, Coloured after Nature; [], volume II, London: Printed [by W. Flint] for J. Hassell, [], OCLC 940105968, pages 169–170:
      [W]e were highly entertained with the antics of two stoats, who had left their hiding places to commence nocturnal depredations; [...] in the course of a few minutes the whirring of a nide of pheasants convinced us these little vermin had marked them as prey.
    • 1833 January, N. O., “Shooting in January”, in The New Sporting Magazine, volume IV, number XXI, London: Published by Baldwin & Cradock, [], OCLC 960106041, page 173, column 1:
      [I]f a hen pheasant takes to new ground, at such a late period of the season, she may be likely to stay and build her nest there, and thus a nide may be lost in the following October.
    • 1852 May, “Latitat” [pseudonym], “Anecdotes of Foxes”, in The Sportsman, London: Rogerson & Tuxford, OCLC 6684898, page 347:
      Reynard [i.e., a fox], in his thieving rambles, one night the summer before last visited the pleasure-gardens in Cornbury Park, and there he found and carried off a hen pheasant while sitting on her nest. The same evening a barn-door hen, with a nide of pheasants also disappeared.
    • 1876 October 7, “The First of October”, in The Illustrated Sporting and Dramatic News: A High-class Weekly Journal of Sport, Art, Literature, Music, and the Drama, volume VI, number 138, London: Published by George Maddick, Junr., [], published 1877, OCLC 1057380962, page 29, column 1:
      The breeding season of the present year has been favourable to young pheasants. The most glowing accounts are from Devon, Cornwall, some of the Midland counties, and from Yorkshire, where the wild nides are strong and healthy, and keepers have been very successful with the hand-reared stock.

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and see: nidifugous



  1. ^ From William T[homas] Shaw (1908) The China or Denny Pheasant in Oregon: With Notes on the Native Grouse of the Pacific Northwest, Philadelphia, Pa.; London: J. B. Lippincott Company, OCLC 820748057, plate 6.


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nitoa +‎ -e. Coined by Finnish linguist and author Reinhold von Becker.


  • IPA(key): /ˈnideˣ/, [ˈnide̞(ʔ)]
  • Hyphenation: ni‧de
  • Rhymes: -e



  1. volume (a single book)


Inflection of nide (Kotus type 48/hame, t-d gradation)
nominative nide niteet
genitive niteen niteiden
partitive nidettä niteitä
illative niteeseen niteisiin
singular plural
nominative nide niteet
accusative nom. nide niteet
gen. niteen
genitive niteen niteiden
partitive nidettä niteitä
inessive niteessä niteissä
elative niteestä niteistä
illative niteeseen niteisiin
adessive niteellä niteillä
ablative niteeltä niteiltä
allative niteelle niteille
essive niteenä niteinä
translative niteeksi niteiksi
instructive nitein
abessive niteettä niteittä
comitative niteineen




  1. vocative singular of nīdus