mermithergate
n. [Gr. mermis, cord; ergates, worker]
(ARTHROPODA: Insecta)
In Formicidae, a worker parasitized by the nematode Mermis; a mermithophore.

Online Dictionary of Invertebrate Zoology. . 2005.

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