myrmecophyte

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n myrmecophyte plant that affords shelter or food to ants that live in symbiotic relations with it
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Myrmecophyte (Bot) A plant that affords shelter and food to certain species of ants which live in symbiotic relations with it. Special adaptations for this purpose exist; thus, Acacia spadicigera has large hollows thorns, and species of Cecropia have stem cavities.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Gr. my`rmhx my`rmhkos, ant + fyto`n plant