inquiline

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, fr. in, in, + colo, to inhabit]

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in·qui·line 'in-kwə-.līn, 'iŋ-, -lən n an animal (as the house mouse) that lives habitually in the nest or abode (as a human dwelling) of some other species
in·qui·lin·ism -lə-.niz-əm n

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in·qui·line (inґkwĭ-līn) [L. inquilinus a lodger] an organism that lives within the body of another, but does not derive its nourishment from the host.

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  • 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 — 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 …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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

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