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inquiline

[in-kwuh-lahyn, -lin]
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noun
  1. Zoology. an animal living in the nest, burrow, or body of another animal.
adjective
  1. of the nature of an inquiline.

Origin of inquiline

1635–45; < Latin inquilīnus tenant, equivalent to in- in-2 + -quil-, combining form (noninitially before a front vowel) of colere to live in (see -colous) + -īnus -ine1
Related formsin·qui·lin·i·ty [in-kwuh-lin-i-tee] /ˌɪn kwəˈlɪn ɪ ti/, nounin·qui·li·nous [in-kwuh-lahy-nuh s] /ˌɪn kwəˈlaɪ nəs/, adjective
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inquiline

noun
  1. an animal that lives in close association with another animal without harming itSee also commensal (def. 1)
adjective
  1. of or living as an inquiline
Derived Formsinquilinism (ˈɪnkwɪlɪˌnɪzəm) or inquilinity (ˌɪnkwɪˈlɪnɪtɪ), nouninquilinous (ˌɪnkwɪˈlaɪnəs), adjective

Word Origin

C17: from Latin inquilīnus lodger, from in- ² + colere to dwell
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