- Zoology. an animal living in the nest, burrow, or body of another animal.
- of the nature of an inquiline.
Origin of inquiline
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Inquiline: living as guests in the homes of others; as in galls.
The colonies of Bombus illustrate the rise of the inquiline habit.
Inquiline, in′kwi-lin, adj. living in the abode of another, as a pea-crab in an oyster-shell.
Inquiline: a species living in a gall or other structure prepared by a different species, not as a parasite but as, a guest.
- an animal that lives in close association with another animal without harming itSee also commensal (def. 1)
- of or living as an inquiline
C17: from Latin inquilīnus lodger, from in- ² + colere to dwell
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