an animal, usually an insect, that lives in the nest or abode of another, with or without harm to the host
Origin of inquilineClassical Latin inquilinus, inhabitant ; from in-, in + stem of colere, to till, dwell: see cult
An animal that characteristically lives commensally in the nest, burrow, or dwelling place of an animal of another species.
Being or living as an inquiline.
Origin of inquilineLatin inquil&imacron;nus, lodger, tenant : in-, in; see in–2 + colere, to inhabit; see kwel-1 in Indo-European roots.
- in′qui·lin·ism , in′qui·lin′i·ty
From Latin inquilīnus (“tenant, lodger”)