living together for mutual benefit

Phrontistery dictionary. 2013.

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  • symphily — n. [Gr. syn, together; philein, to love] (ARTHROPODA: Insecta) In Hymenoptera, the relationship of ants and their nest guests, that abide with them, with mutual benefit or fondness; commensalism; symphilic, symphilous adj …   Dictionary of invertebrate zoology

  • symphily — sym·phi·ly …   English syllables

  • symphily —   n. living together to their mutual benefit, of insects and other organisms.    ♦ symphilic,    ♦ symphilous, a …   Dictionary of difficult words

  • symphily — lē noun ( es) Etymology: German symphilie, from Greek symphilia mutual friendship, from syn + philia friendship more at philia : commensalism with mutual benefit or attraction (as between some ants or termites and various guest insects that live… …   Useful english dictionary

  • symphilic — (ˈ)sim|filik adjective Etymology: symphily + ic : of, relating to, or characterized by symphily * * * symphile, symphilic etc.: see sym …   Useful english dictionary

  • symphilism — ˈsim(p)fəˌlizəm noun ( s) Etymology: symphily + ism : symphily * * * symˈphilism / fil izm/ or symˈphily noun • • • Main Entry: ↑symphile …   Useful english dictionary

  • sym|phi|lism — «SIHM fuh lihz uhm», noun. = symphily. (Cf. ↑symphily) …   Useful english dictionary

  • metochy — see symphily, synechthry …   Dictionary of invertebrate zoology

  • synoecy — n. [Gr. synoikos, living in the same house] 1. Commensalism involving social insects where the guests are indifferently tolerated by the hosts. 2. An association between two species where one is benefited without harm to the other; see symphily,… …   Dictionary of invertebrate zoology

  • Love and Attraction — While this list might seem a bit risqué judging from its title, it s not as bad (or good) as you might think. Each of these 114 weird words contains the word element phil , from ancient Greek phileein to love, and so a philia is a special love,… …   Phrontistery dictionary

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