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from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The.occurrence in ant colonies of true guests which are tended by the ants and which usually give out a secretion of which the ants are fond.


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  • Metochy: the relation borne to ants by the tolerated guests in ant-hills; demanding nothing from and giving nothing to the ants; see symphily and synecthry.

    Explanation of Terms Used in Entomology


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  • Living together to their mutual benefit, of insects and other organisms.

    May 16, 2008