Definition of myrmecophile in English:

myrmecophile

noun

Biology
  • An invertebrate or plant which has a symbiotic relationship with ants, such as being tended and protected by ants or living inside an ants' nest.

    • ‘In particular, he was interested in those other inhabitants of ant nests referred to as myrmecophiles.’
    • ‘Regularly, part of these myrmecophiles stay behind when they miss an emigration of their host colony.’
    • ‘The principal collections are those of ants, termites and myrmecophiles, of grasshoppers and crickets and of butterflies.’
    • ‘For instance, guests of ants are called myrmecophiles, which means ant loving.’
    • ‘Some ant nests are inhabited by myrmecophiles.’

Origin

Late 19th century: from Greek murmēx, murmēk- ‘ant’ + -phile.

Pronunciation

myrmecophile

/ˈməːmɪkə(ʊ)fʌɪl//məˈmiːkə(ʊ)fʌɪl/