Myrmecophyte
Myrmecophyte Myr"me*co*phyte`, n. [Gr. my`rmhx, my`rmhkos, ant + fyto`n plant.] (Bot.) A plant that affords shelter and food to certain species of ants which live in symbiotic relations with it. Special adaptations for this purpose exist; thus, {Acacia spadicigera} has large hollows thorns, and species of {Cecropia} have stem cavities. -- {Myr`me*co*phyt"ic}, a. [Webster 1913 Suppl.]

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  • Myrmecophyte — Acacia ants Myrmecophyte (mər′mek•ə‚fīt; literally “ant plant”) is a plant that lives in a mutualistic association with a colony of ants. There are over 100 different genera of myrmecophytes.[1] These plants possess structural adaptations that… …   Wikipedia

  • Myrmécophyte — Myrmécophilie La myrmécophilie (du grec ancien : μύρμηξ, «fourmi»; φῐλεῖν, «aimer» ) définit l aptitude d animaux ou de végétaux à vivre en association symbiotique externe avec les fourmis. L adjectif myrmécophile s applique principalement… …   Wikipédia en Français

  • myrmecophyte — n. [Gr. myrmex, ant; phyton, plant] A myrmecophilous plant that has an obligatory, mutualistic relationship with ants …   Dictionary of invertebrate zoology

  • myrmecophyte — noun A plant that lives in association with a colony of ants. The degree of association varies and is assumed to be symbiotic in some cases …   Wiktionary

  • myrmecophyte — myr·me·co·phyte …   English syllables

  • myrmecophyte — /ˈmɜməkəfaɪt/ (say mermuhkuhfuyt) noun a plant with an adaptation for attracting ants. {myrmeco + phyte} …   Australian English dictionary

  • myrmecophyte — noun plant that affords shelter or food to ants that live in symbiotic relations with it • Derivationally related forms: ↑myrmecophytic • Hypernyms: ↑plant, ↑flora, ↑plant life …   Useful english dictionary

  • Acacia spadicigera — Myrmecophyte Myr me*co*phyte , n. [Gr. my rmhx, my rmhkos, ant + fyto n plant.] (Bot.) A plant that affords shelter and food to certain species of ants which live in symbiotic relations with it. Special adaptations for this purpose exist; thus,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Myrmecophytic — Myrmecophyte Myr me*co*phyte , n. [Gr. my rmhx, my rmhkos, ant + fyto n plant.] (Bot.) A plant that affords shelter and food to certain species of ants which live in symbiotic relations with it. Special adaptations for this purpose exist; thus,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • myrmecophytic — adjective of or relating to myrmecophytes • Pertains to noun: ↑myrmecophyte • Derivationally related forms: ↑myrmecophyte • Topics: ↑botany, ↑phytology * * * adjective see …   Useful english dictionary

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