Birds build nests for their young. The female bird lays eggs in the nest, and when the eggs hatch, the baby birds remain in the nest until they are strong enough to fly off on their own. There were two nests in my backyard last summer. Each one had baby birds in it:
You can use the word "nest" for things other than as a home for birds:
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This page was first published on June 8, 2012. It was updated on September 15, 2015.