Word of the Day – Inquiline

By December 4, 2019 Word of the Day

Inquiline (noun) (zoology)


An animal exploiting the living space of another, e.g. an insect that lays its eggs in a gall produced by another.

Mid 17th century from Latin inquilinus ‘temporary resident’, from in- ‘into’ + colere ‘dwell’.

Example sentences

“an inquiline insect”

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