a flagellated protozoan of the genus Trichonympha that lives in the intestine of wood-eating termites, transforming the cellulose in the wood into soluble carbohydrates that can be utilized by the insect.

Origin of trichonymph

From New Latin; see origin at tricho-, nymph Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019