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inquiline

[in-kwuh-lahyn, -lin] /ˈɪn kwəˌlaɪn, -lɪn/
noun
1.
Zoology. an animal living in the nest, burrow, or body of another animal.
adjective
2.
of the nature of an inquiline.
Origin
1635-1645
1635-45; < Latin inquilīnus tenant, equivalent to in- in-2 + -quil-, combining form (noninitially before a front vowel) of colere to live in (see -colous) + -īnus -ine1
Related forms
inquilinity
[in-kwuh-lin-i-tee] /ˌɪn kwəˈlɪn ɪ ti/ (Show IPA),
noun
inquilinous
[in-kwuh-lahy-nuh s] /ˌɪn kwəˈlaɪ nəs/ (Show IPA),
adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for inquilinous

inquiline

/ˈɪnkwɪˌlaɪn/
noun
1.
an animal that lives in close association with another animal without harming it See also commensal (sense 1)
adjective
2.
of or living as an inquiline
Derived Forms
inquilinism (ˈɪnkwɪlɪˌnɪzəm), inquilinity (ˌɪnkwɪˈlɪnɪtɪ) noun
inquilinous (ˌɪnkwɪˈlaɪnəs) adjective
Word Origin
C17: from Latin inquilīnus lodger, from in-² + colere to dwell
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