the exchange of regurgitated food, glandular secretions, etc. among members of a colony of social insects
Origin of trophallaxisModern Latin ; from Classical Greek troph?, nourishment (see trophic) + allaxis, barter ; from allassein, to exchange ; from allos, other: see else
The transfer or exchange of regurgitated liquid food between individuals of certain social insects such as ants or bees.
Origin of trophallaxistroph(o)– + Greek allaxis, exchange (from allassein, to exchange, from allos, other; see al-1 in Indo-European roots).