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n. pl. ter·mi·tar·i·a (-ē-ə)
A nest built by a colony of termites underground, aboveground (usually as a mound), or in a tree, or an artificial nest used to house termites in a laboratory. Also called termitary.


n, pl -ia (-ɪə)
(Zoology) the nest of a termite colony
[C20: from termite + -arium]


(ˌtɜr mɪˈtɛər i əm)

n., pl. -tar•i•a (-ˈtɛər i ə)
a termites' nest.
[1860–65; < New Latin termit(ēs), pl. of termes termite]
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Escaping the flames: large termitaria as refugia from fire in miombo woodland.
Similar behaviour has been observed in another salticid species, Heliophanus termiophagus Wesolowska & Haddad, that carries its prey into the safety of tunnels within abandoned termitaria prior to consumption (Wesolowska & Haddad 2002).
Various industrial residues; gravel sludge, incinerator ash, red mud, laterite, termitaria (termite mound soil) (Lombi et al.
They grow luxuriantly in most part of the world on different substrates under different climatic conditions; these include within the rootlets of certain trees (as mycorrhiza) and on termitaria [14][15].
The termitaria of Cornitermes cumulans (Isoptera, Termitidae) and their role in determining a potential keystone species.
In a comprehensive investigation of the possible nutritional/medicinal value of termite mounds used by Aboriginal people in the Northern Territory, Foti (1994) found that termitaria were used for gastric disorders or after eating certain foods, like yams, turtle or goannas.