phoresy

noun
phor·​e·​sy | \ ˈfȯrəsē\
plural -es

Definition of phoresy

: the nonparasitic association of one kind of animal (as a larval insect) with another in order to obtain transportation

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History and Etymology for phoresy

New Latin phoresia, from Greek phorēsis being carried (from phorein to carry along, wear, frequentative of pherein to carry) + Latin -ia -y

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