Trel (trellia_chan) wrote in 1word1day,

Wednesday word: trophallaxis

trophallaxis: [trof-uh-lak-sis]


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

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