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.)