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cleptobiosis

[klep-toh-bahy-oh-sis] /ˌklɛp toʊ baɪˈoʊ sɪs/
noun, plural cleptobioses
[klep-toh-bahy-oh-seez] /ˌklɛp toʊ baɪˈoʊ siz/ (Show IPA)
1.
an ecological relationship in which members of one species, as of ants, steal food from another.
Origin
< Greek klépt(ein) to steal + -o- + -biosis
Related forms
cleptobiotic
[klep-toh-bahy-ot-ik] /ˌklɛp toʊ baɪˈɒt ɪk/ (Show IPA),
adjective
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