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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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This study also revealed the presence in small numbers of an unrelated inquiline thrips species in some of the galls on F.
INQUILINE A Disabled B Living in the abode of another C Insipid who am I?
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.
Differences in taxonomic composition were mainly due to the collection of rare specimens during the year, such as inquiline snailfish (Liparis inquilinus) in 1997 and pollock (Pollachius virens) in 1998.
Notes on the life history, parasites and inquiline associates of Anthophora abrupta Say, and some comparisons with the habits of certain other Anthophorinae (Hymenoptera).
Lophodiplosis trifida was initially thought to be an inquiline in galls of 3 of the other species because it was reared in association with them but not associated with any particular distinctive gall of its own (Gagne et al.