Definition of trophallaxis
: exchange of food (as from special glands) between social insects (as ants or termites)
Origin of trophallaxis
New Latin, from troph- + Greek allaxis exchange, from allassein to change, exchange, from allos other — more at else
First Known Use: 1918
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