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trichonymph

[trik-uh-nimf] /ˈtrɪk əˌnɪmf/
noun
1.
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
< New Latin; see tricho-, nymph
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