symphily

noun
sym·​phi·​ly | \ -lē \
plural -es

Definition of symphily

: commensalism with mutual benefit or attraction (as between some ants or termites and various guest insects that live in their nests) — compare synechthry, synoecy

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History and Etymology for symphily

German symphilie, from Greek symphilia mutual friendship, from syn- + philia friendship

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“Symphily.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/symphily. Accessed 28 Feb. 2021.

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