Definitions for crèchekrɛʃ, kreɪʃ
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creche, foundling hospital(noun)
a hospital where foundlings (infant children of unknown parents) are taken in and cared for
a representation of Christ's nativity in the stable at Bethlehem
a day-care center for young children.
a three-dimensional model of the scene described in the Bible at the birth of Jesus Christ in a stable at Bethlehem, with Mary and Joseph near a manger in which a model of the infant Christ child is lain, and usually including figures of animals, shepherds, and the three wise men; -- also called a Nativity scene. The figures in the scene are typically made as individual statues or figurines. Smaller models are displayed in homes and other indoor locations during the Christmans season, and larger models, often life-size, may be displayed out of doors.
(Biol.) a nest where the young of several animals are cared for in a communal fashion.
The Crèche in zoology refers to care of another's offspring, for instance in a colony. This term is generally used in the study of bird colonies. Many penguins form crèches, in addition to many other birds such as the Canada Goose, Common Eider and Common Shelduck. Among the reptiles, Spectacled Caiman also raise their young in crèches, one female taking care of her own as well as several others' offspring. Lions are another notable species to form crèches. Females within a pride will provide mutual protection and will even nurse each other's cubs. However, studies have shown that cubs raised in crèches tend to have lower feeding-rates than if they were raised by one mother. This indicates that in lions, the crèche is a defensive formation.
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