synoecete

noun
syn·​oe·​cete | \ sə̇ˈnēˌsēt \
variants: or synoekete \ -​nēˌkēt \
plural -s

Definition of synoecete

: an ant or termite guest tolerated with indifference by the host

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History and Etymology for synoecete

Greek synoiketēs fellow lodger, from synoikein to live together (from synoikos dwelling in the same house, from syn- + oikos house) + -tēs, agent suffix

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“Synoecete.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/synoecete. Accessed 19 Feb. 2020.

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