from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. An animal that characteristically lives commensally in the nest, burrow, or dwelling place of an animal of another species.
- adj. Being or living as an inquiline.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. An animal that lives commensally in the nest, burrow, gall, or dwelling place of an animal of another species.
- n. An organism that lives within a reservoir of water collected in the hollow of a plant stem or leaf.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A gallfly which deposits its eggs in galls formed by other insects.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In zoology, an animal that lives in an abode properly belonging to another, either at its expense, as certain insects that live in galls made by the true gall-insects, or merely as a cotenant, as a pea-crab which lives in an oyster-shell, or a sea-anemone growing on a crab's back; a commensal. See cut under cancrisocial.
- Having the character of an inquiline; commensal.
Latin inquilīnus, lodger, tenant : in-, in; see in-2 + colere, to inhabit; see kwel-1 in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin inquilīnus ("tenant, lodger") (Wiktionary)