protocooperation

noun

pro·​to·​cooperation
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: automatic or involuntary interaction by different kinds of organisms through which they mutually benefit (as by provision of debris habitats by trees and stirring of the forest floor by microfauna living in or on the debris)
protocooperative
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adjective

Word History

Etymology

prot- + cooperation

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“Protocooperation.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/protocooperation. Accessed 15 Apr. 2024.

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