inquiline

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noun in·qui·line \ˈin-kwə-ˌlīn, ˈiŋ-, -lən\

Definition of inquiline

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

Origin and Etymology of inquiline

Latin inquilinus tenant, lodger, from in- + colere to cultivate, dwell — more at wheel


First Known Use: 1879


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inquiline

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noun in·qui·line \ˈin-kwə-ˌlīn, ˈiŋ-, -lən\

Medical Definition of inquiline

  1. :  an animal (as the house mouse) that lives habitually in the nest or abode (as a human dwelling) of some other species

inquilinism

\-lə-ˌniz-əm\play noun

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