noun syn·oe·cy \sə̇ˈnēsē, ˈsiˌn-\
variants: less commonly



Definition of synoecy



  1. :  synoecism: a :  commensalism in which the guests are indifferently tolerated by their hosts — compare symphily, synechthry b :  association between two species benefiting the one without harm to the other c :  monoecism

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Origin and Etymology of synoecy

Greek synoikia body of people living together, community, from synoikos dwelling together + -ia -y

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capable of being understood in two ways

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