myrmecophile

noun
myr·​me·​co·​phile | \ ˈmər-mi-kə-ˌfī(-ə)l How to pronounce myrmecophile (audio) \

Definition of myrmecophile

: 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, "A rare great ape, a 130-foot-tall tree and an extinct marsupial lion make the Top 10 New Species list for 2018," 23 May 2018 These myrmecophiles, or ant-lovers, likely use similar chemical signals as the host ants to avoid detection. Sean Greene, latimes.com, "A rare great ape, a 130-foot-tall tree and an extinct marsupial lion make the Top 10 New Species list for 2018," 23 May 2018

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First Known Use of myrmecophile

1898, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for myrmecophile

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The first known use of myrmecophile was in 1898

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“Myrmecophile.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/myrmecophile. Accessed 21 January 2020.

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