superorganism

noun
su·per·or·gan·ism | \ ˌsü-pər-ˈȯr-gə-ˌni-zəm \

Definition of superorganism 

: an organized society (as of a social insect) that functions as an organic whole

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Slime mold is sometimes called a superorganism: an organism made up of organisms. Brian Resnick, Vox, "Trump doesn’t have a science adviser. This slime mold is available.," 5 Apr. 2018 The first theme centers on superorganisms, animals such as ants and bees that act in cohesion as a single organism. Grace Dickinson, Philly.com, "17 gigantic bugs have crawled into the Academy of Natural Sciences for 'Xtreme Bugs' exhibit," 22 May 2018 Keats argues humans are becoming more and more like a superorganism. Brian Resnick, Vox, "Trump doesn’t have a science adviser. This slime mold is available.," 5 Apr. 2018 The film draws on philosophers, evolutionary biologists, and others who talk about the human superorganism (like a supersized ant colony) altering the environment as an entity in ways that can make any one human feel overwhelmed. Gary Thompson, Philly.com, "Jeff Bridges talks about the Dude, the planet, and whatever else crosses his mind," 29 Mar. 2018 But really, the ants form a superorganism that’s more powerful than the sum of its parts. Matt Simon, WIRED, "Crafty Ants Form Conga Lines to Drag Millipedes to Doom," 17 Aug. 2015

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First Known Use of superorganism

circa 1899, in the meaning defined above

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