inquiline

noun
in·​qui·​line | \ ˈin-kwə-ˌlīn How to pronounce inquiline (audio) , ˈiŋ-, -lən \

Definition of inquiline

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

First Known Use of inquiline

1879, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for inquiline

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

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The first known use of inquiline was in 1879

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“Inquiline.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/inquiline. Accessed 22 Oct. 2020.

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inquiline

noun
in·​qui·​line | \ ˈin-kwə-ˌlīn, ˈiŋ-, -lən How to pronounce inquiline (audio) \

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

Other Words from inquiline

inquilinism \ -​lə-​ˌniz-​əm How to pronounce inquilinism (audio) \ noun

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