sym·​bi·​ote | \ ˈsim-bē-ˌōt How to pronounce symbiote (audio) , -ˌbī- \
plural symbiotes

Definition of symbiote

: an organism living in symbiosis : symbiont The thing in the crevice was some sort of vegetative symbiote, I conjectured. It fed its companions foods that it manufactured from air, water, subterranean temperature variances (if it had deep roots), and probably other lichens as well as minerals leached from the rock.— Matthew Hughes

Examples of symbiote in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Naomie Harris might soon be facing off against Tom Hardy’s slobbering symbiote. Devan Coggan,, "Naomie Harris in talks to play villain Shriek in Venom 2," 18 Oct. 2019 The Blob doesn't show signs of evolving into a malicious symbiote with the ability to give humans crazy powers. Daisy Hernandez, Popular Mechanics, "The Blob: What the Hell?," 18 Oct. 2019 Andy Serkis has officially signed on to direct Tom Hardy in Venom 2, continuing the adventures of everyone’s favorite journalist-and-slobbery-alien-symbiote combo. Devan Coggan,, "Andy Serkis to direct Tom Hardy in Venom sequel," 5 Aug. 2019 Brock, an investigative journalist, comes into contact with an alien symbiote, Venom, that imbues him with superhuman abilities. Claudia Harmata,, "Michelle Williams Craves More of Her She-Venom Character in Sequel: 'I Hope I Get Equal Time'," 8 Aug. 2019 In the comics, Kasady bonds with a symbiote of his own to become the notorious big bad Carnage, a homicidal maniac who frequently faces off against Venom. Devan Coggan,, "Andy Serkis to direct Tom Hardy in Venom sequel," 5 Aug. 2019 Sony’s official Chinese social media marketing campaign portrayed the titular symbiote as a loving and caring boyfriend. Alex Abad-santos, Vox, "China has helped Venom become an $822 million box office success," 26 Nov. 2018 Venom: Lethal Protector also pits Venom against other, more vicious symbiotes with less humanity, allowing writers to establish a moral spectrum that ends up casting Venom in a more positive light. Alex Abad-santos, Vox, "Venom, Spider-Man’s symbiote supervillain, explained," 3 Oct. 2018 The finale of Slott’s run saw longtime Spider-Man supporting character Flash Thompson meet his end at the hands of Norman Osborn, who had merged with the Carnage symbiote to become the Red Goblin. Richard Newby, The Hollywood Reporter, "A Eulogy for a Fallen Spider-Man Character," 31 May 2018

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First Known Use of symbiote

1877, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for symbiote

perhaps borrowed from French, borrowed from Greek symbiōtḗs "companion, partner," from symbiō-, variant stem of symbioûn "to live together" + -tēs, agent suffix — more at symbiosis

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