inquiline definition

  • noun:
    • An animal that characteristically life commensally into the nest, burrow, or dwelling place of an animal of another species.
    • An animal that life commensally in the nest, burrow, gall, or dwelling host to an animal of another species.
    • An organism that lives within a reservoir of liquid collected into the hollow of a plant stem or leaf.
    • A gallfly which deposits its eggs in galls created by other pests.
    • In zoology, an animal that lives in an abode precisely owned by another, either at its expenditure, as particular pests that inhabit galls produced by the true gall-insects, or simply as a cotenant, as a pea-crab which lives in an oyster-shell, or a sea-anemone developing on a crab's straight back; a commensal. See cut-under cancrisocial.
  • adjective:
    • Being or residing as an inquiline.
  • others:
    • Having the character of an inquiline; commensal.

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