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n. pl. ter·mi·tar·ies
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n, pl -ries
a termite nest
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(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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