symphile

noun sym·phile \ˈsimˌfīl\

Definition of symphile

plural

-s

  1. :  an insect (such as any of various beetles) living as a guest in the nest of a social insect (such as an ant or termite) by which it is fed and guarded for its secretions which are used as food —called also myrmecoxene, true guest

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Origin and Etymology of symphile

probably back-formation from symphily


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