inquiline
noun Etymology: Latin inquilinus tenant, lodger, from in- + colere to cultivate, dwell — more at wheel Date: 1879 an animal that lives habitually in the nest or abode of some other species

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  • Inquiline — In qui*line, n. [L. inquilinus a tenant, lodger.] (Zo[ o]l.) A gallfly which deposits its eggs in galls formed by other insects. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • inquiline — [in′kwə līn΄, in′kwəlin] n. [L inquilinus, inhabitant < in , in + stem of colere, to till, dwell: see CULT] an animal, usually an insect, that lives in the nest or abode of another, with or without harm to the host: cf. COMMENSAL inquilinism… …   English World dictionary

  • Inquiline — In zoology, an inquiline (from Latin inquilinus , lodger or tenant ) is an animal that lives commensally in the nest, burrow, or dwelling place of an animal of another species. For example, some organisms such as insects may live in the homes of… …   Wikipedia

  • inquiline — inquilinity /in kweuh lin i tee/, n. inquilinous /in kweuh luy neuhs/, adj. /in kweuh luyn , lin/, n. 1. Zool. an animal living in the nest, burrow, or body of another animal. adj. 2. of the nature of an inquiline. [1635 45; < L inquilinus tenant …   Universalium

  • inquiline — ● inquilin, inquiline adjectif (latin inquilinus, locataire) Se dit d une espèce qui vit fixée sur ou dans une autre espèce, qui ne lui sert que de support ou d abri …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • inquiline — /ˈɪnkwəlaɪn/ (say inkwuhluyn) noun 1. Zoology an animal that lives in an abode properly belonging to another; a guest. –adjective 2. of the nature of an inquiline. {Latin inquilīnus} –inquilinity /ɪnkwəˈlɪnəti/ (say inkwuh linuhtee), noun… …   Australian English dictionary

  • inquiline — lodger; an animal that lives habitually in the cavity or abode of some other species, causing no harm, e.g. Nomeus in the Portuguese man of war, Physalia; Fierasfer in the pearl oyster, Meleagrina; Paraclinus marmoratus in finger sponges;… …   Dictionary of ichthyology

  • inquiline — n. [L. inquilinus, tenant] 1. A commensal organism that lives habitually on or within the body of another, or in its nest or abode without benefit or damage to either; a guest; see inquilinism. 2. An animal that lives in the home of another… …   Dictionary of invertebrate zoology

  • inquiline — noun an animal that lives commensally in the nest, burrow, or dwelling place of an animal of another species …   Wiktionary

  • inquiline — An animal that lives habitually in the abode of some other species (an oyster crab within the shell of an oyster) causing little or no inconvenience to the host. SEE ALSO: commensal. [L. inquilinus, an inhabitant of a place that is not his own,… …   Medical dictionary

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