troph·​o·​thy·​lax | \ -ˈthīˌlaks \
plural -es

Definition of trophothylax

: a depression or pocket on the underside of the body behind the mouth in various ant larvae in which food is placed by the attendant worker ants

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First Known Use of trophothylax

1920, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for trophothylax

New Latin, from troph- + Greek thylax pouch, sack

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“Trophothylax.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Sep. 2020.

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