[sim-bee-uh-neez, -nees]


of, relating to, or characteristic of the Symbionese Liberation Army or its adherents.

Origin of Symbionese

1973; according to the group's manifesto, “taken from the word symbiosis … a body of dissimilar bodies and organisms living in deep and loving harmony …; -nese probably after Chinese, Japanese, etc. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Word Origin and History for symbionese



as in Symbionese Liberation Army, name adopted by a socialist revolutionary group active in U.S. c.1972-76, coined from symbiosis + people-name ending -ese.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper