- (among insects and arachnids) a nonparasitic relationship in which one species is carried about by another.
Origin of phoresy
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- an association in which one animal clings to another to ensure movement from place to place, as some mites use some insects
Word Origin for phoresy
C20: from New Latin phoresia, from Greek phorēsis, from pherein to carry
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1914, from French phorésie (1896), from Greek phoresis "being carried," from pherein "to carry" (see infer).
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- A symbiotic relationship, especially among arthropods and some fishes, in which one organism transports another organism of a different species.
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