inquiline


in·qui·line

noun \ˈin-kwə-ˌlīn, ˈiŋ-, -lən\

Definition of INQUILINE

:  an animal that lives habitually in the nest or abode of some other species

Origin of INQUILINE

Latin inquilinus tenant, lodger, from in- + colere to cultivate, dwell — more at wheel
First Known Use: 1879

in·qui·line

noun \ˈin-kwə-ˌlīn, ˈiŋ-, -lən\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of INQUILINE

: an animal (as the house mouse) that lives habitually in the nest or abode (as a human dwelling) of some other species
in·qui·lin·ism \-lə-ˌniz-əm\ noun

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