myrmecophile

noun

myr·​me·​co·​phile ˈmər-mi-kə-ˌfī(-ə)l How to pronounce myrmecophile (audio)
: an organism that habitually shares an ant nest

Examples of myrmecophile in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web These myrmecophiles, or ant-lovers, likely use similar chemical signals as the host ants to avoid detection. Sean Greene, latimes.com, 23 May 2018

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Word History

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International Scientific Vocabulary

First Known Use

1898, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of myrmecophile was in 1898

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“Myrmecophile.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/myrmecophile. Accessed 17 Apr. 2024.

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