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 (ĭn′kwə-līn′, -lĭn, ĭng′-)
An animal that characteristically lives commensally in the nest, burrow, or dwelling place of an animal of another species.
Being or living as an inquiline.

[Latin inquilīnus, lodger, tenant : in-, in; see in-2 + colere, to inhabit; see kwel- in Indo-European roots.]

in′qui·lin·ism (-lə-nĭz′əm), in′qui·lin′i·ty (-lĭn′ĭ-tē) n.
in′qui·lin′ous (-lī′nəs) adj.


(Zoology) an animal that lives in close association with another animal without harming it. See also commensal1
(Zoology) of or living as an inquiline
[C17: from Latin inquilīnus lodger, from in-2 + colere to dwell]
inquilinism, inquilinity n
inquilinous adj


(ˈɪn kwəˌlaɪn, -lɪn)

an animal that lives in the coat, nest, burrow, etc., of another animal, usu. without harm to the host.
[1635–45; < Latin inquilīnus tenant]
in`qui•lin′i•ty (-ˈlɪn ɪ ti) n.
in`qui•li′nous (-ˈlaɪ nəs) adj.


an animal that inhabits the burrow, nest, or other habitation of another animal. — inquiline, adj.
See also: Animals
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Testing successional hypotheses of stability, heterogeneity, and diversity in pitcher-plant inquiline communities.
INQUILINE A Having restricted movement B Living in the abode of another C Insipid who am I?
154) impegnati nelle esplorazioni suburbane del Pasticciaccio, la cui vita familiare si muove tra ben nove e piu o meno illibate donne (rispettivamente moglie e suocera, sorella e cognata, figlie e inquiline varie).
alba can be considered a facultative inquiline of leaf-cutting ant nests, such as Atta cephalotes (Stahel & Geijskes 1939, Riley et al.
Furnarius rufus (Gmelin, 1788) (Aves: Furnariidae) and their inquiline birds, the true hosts of Acanthocrios furnarii (Cordero & Vogelsang, 1928) (Hemiptera: Heteroptera: Cimicidae).
Resource and top-predator regulation in the pitcher plant (Sarracenia purpurea) inquiline community.
Inquiline queens must gain access to the host colony, coexist with its queen and workers, and then lay eggs that are reared as sexuals by the host workers.
The queens of these cuckoo or inquiline bumblebees produce no workers, but instead rely on the invasion of colonies of their host (here Bombus (Terrestribombus) terrestris) and subsequently overtake the host queen to force and the "enslave" the host workers of that colony to feed her and her developing young (Sladen, 1912; Goulson, 2003; Benton, 2006).
Barnouw praises Naipaul's mobile, non-aligned, inquiline movement between civilizations, and at the same time approvingly quotes another critic:
Several species of warm water hydrozoan cnidarians inhabit body folds of bivalve molluscs as inquiline symbiotes.