Trel (trellia_chan) wrote in 1word1day,
Trel
trellia_chan
1word1day

Wednesday word: trophallaxis

trophallaxis: [trof-uh-lak-sis]

noun:

Trophallaxis is the the transfer of food, nutrients, and other secretions by mouth-to-mouth or mouth-to-anus feedings within a community. This behavior can be found in colonies of insects such as bees, ants and termites, and it some species, is a form of communication as well as nutrition.  It is also the method by which gray wolves, vampire bats, and many species of birds feed their young.

etymology:  Coined in 1918 by entomologist William Morton Wheeler. T
roph- + Greek állaxis "exchange"
Tags: biology, noun, scientific, t, wordsmith: trellia_chan
Subscribe

  • Wednesday Word: Inselberg

    Inselberg - noun. An inselberg, also called a monadnock, is a singular rock formation that appears on a more or less level plain. The most famous…

  • Tuesday word: Scupper

    Tuesday, May 11, 2021 Scupper (noun) scup·per [skuhp-er] noun 1. Nautical. a drain at the edge of a deck exposed to the weather, for allowing…

  • Sunday Word: Replete

    replete [ri- pleet] adjective: 1 abundantly supplied or provided; filled (usually followed by with): 2 stuffed or gorged with food and…

  • Post a new comment

    Error

    Comments allowed for members only

    Anonymous comments are disabled in this journal

    default userpic

    Your reply will be screened

    Your IP address will be recorded 

  • 3 comments