lestobiosis
n. [Gr. lestes, robber; biosis, manner of life]
(ARTHROPODA: Insecta)
In Hymenoptera, a type of symbiosis in which a group of \'thief ants\' of small size nest in or near the chambers of termites and larger ants, eating their stored food, larvae, and pupae unnoticed by their benefactors; see cleptobiosis.

Online Dictionary of Invertebrate Zoology. . 2005.

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  • lestobiosis — lestobiotic /les toh buy ot ik/, adj. /les toh buy oh sis/, n., pl. lestobioses / seez/. cleptobiosis characterized by furtive thievery. [ < NL < Gk leist(és) robber + o O + biosis BIOSIS] * * * …   Universalium

  • lestobiosis — les·to·bi·o·sis …   English syllables

  • lestobiosis — The act of pilfering food …   Grandiloquent dictionary

  • lestobiosis —   n. (pl. ses ) mode of life characterized by furtive stealing, especially as found where two species of ant live side by side …   Dictionary of difficult words

  • lestobiosis — …   Useful english dictionary

  • lestobiotic — | ̷ ̷ ̷ ̷ˌbī|äd.ik adjective Etymology: from New Latin lestobiosis, after such pairs as New Latin hypnosis : English hypnotic : of, relating to, or marked by lestobiosis …   Useful english dictionary

  • cleptobiosis — n. [Gr. kleptein, to steal; biosis, manner of life] (ARTHROPODA: Insecta) A form of symbiosis in which one species robs the food stores, feeds on refuse piles, or in other ways steals food from another species, but does not nest in close… …   Dictionary of invertebrate zoology

  • thievery — n 1. stealing, pilferage, pilfering, filching, purloinging, theft, thieving, Inf. snitching, Law. larceny, Sl. swiping, Sl. copping; shoplifting, palming, Sl. boosting; purse snatching. 2. peculation, embezzlement, misappropriation; swindling,… …   A Note on the Style of the synonym finder

  • synlestidae — sə̇nˈlestəˌdē noun plural Usage: capitalized Etymology: New Latin, from Synlestes, type genus (irregular from syn + Greek lēistēs robber) + idae more at lestobiosis : a family of primitive mostly tropical damselflies …   Useful english dictionary

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