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inquiline

Pronunciation: in'kwi-lin, -lin

Definition: An animal that lives habitually in the abode of some other species (an oyster crab within the shell of an oyster) causing little or no inconvenience to the host.

[L. inquilinus, an inhabitant of a place that is not his own, fr. in, in, + colo, to inhabit]

See Also: commensal

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