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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Origin and Etymology of trophothylax
New Latin, from troph- + Greek thylax pouch, sack
First Known Use: 1920
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