trophallaxis

noun
troph·​al·​lax·​is | \ ˌtrō-fə-ˈlak-səs How to pronounce trophallaxis (audio) \

Definition of trophallaxis

: exchange of food (as from special glands) between social insects (such as ants or termites)

Examples of trophallaxis in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The researchers trained the computer to identify a behavior called trophallaxis, in which honey bees feed their fellow workers by regurgitating food from a pouch called a crop. Erik Stokstad, Science | AAAS, 28 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of trophallaxis

1918, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for trophallaxis

New Latin, from troph- + Greek allaxis exchange, from allassein to change, exchange, from allos other — more at else

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“Trophallaxis.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/trophallaxis. Accessed 17 Oct. 2021.

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