cleptobiosis

[ klep-toh-bahy-oh-sis ]
/ ˌklɛp toʊ baɪˈoʊ sɪs /

noun, plural clep·to·bi·o·ses [klep-toh-bahy-oh-seez]. /ˌklɛp toʊ baɪˈoʊ siz/.

an ecological relationship in which members of one species, as of ants, steal food from another.

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Origin of cleptobiosis

<Greek klépt(ein) to steal + -o- + -biosis

OTHER WORDS FROM cleptobiosis

clep·to·bi·ot·ic [klep-toh-bahy-ot-ik], /ˌklɛp toʊ baɪˈɒt ɪk/, adjective

Words nearby cleptobiosis

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