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 inquilīnus 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”)