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 Thanks to No Way Home, Tobey Maguire’s fight with the symbiote is now MCU canon. Chris Smith, BGR, 5 Jan. 2022 But the characters that Sony licenses from Marvel extend beyond Peter Parker and the symbiote. Brent Lang, Variety, 1 Apr. 2022 It’s the spell that brought Venom (Tom Hardy) back to his own timeline while leaving a part of the symbiote in the MCU. Chris Smith, BGR, 27 Mar. 2022 And No Way Home does give us a taste of Tom Hardy’s Venom, as the symbiote was magically transported to the MCU. Chris Smith, BGR, 9 Feb. 2022 In the eighth installment of the limited series, published in 1984, Spidey encounters an alien symbiote -- sound familiar? Scottie Andrew, CNN, 14 Jan. 2022 By far the most common request was for the black symbiote suit, which the game doesn’t have. Paul Tassi, Forbes, 6 Dec. 2021 After all, Venom is an alien symbiote who wants to eat brains while living in Eddie's body. Joey Nolfi,, 30 Sep. 2021 At the end of Spider-Man 3, both Eddie and the symbiote Venom meet a fiery end, but as is the case for so many superhero franchises, there were allegedly plans to bring him back for a spinoff movie anyway. Joe Reid, Vulture, 29 Dec. 2021 See More

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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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“Symbiote.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Jun. 2022.

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

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