- (among social insects) the exchange of nutriments or other secretions between members of a colony.
Origin of trophallaxis
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- the exchange of regurgitated food that occurs between adults and larvae in colonies of social insects
C19/20: from New Latin, from tropho- + Greek allaxis exchange, from allassein to change, from allos other
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