Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A plant adapted to a mutualistic association with ants, as by having specialized cavities that shelter ant colonies.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Bot.) A plant that affords shelter and food to certain species of ants which live in symbiotic relations with it. Special adaptations for this purpose exist; thus, Acacia spadicigera has large hollows thorns, and species of Cecropia have stem cavities.

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  • noun A plant that lives in association with a colony of ants. The degree of association varies and is assumed to be symbiotic in some cases.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun plant that affords shelter or food to ants that live in symbiotic relations with it

Etymologies

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From myrmeco- + -phyte.

Examples

  • In this study, we investigated the predatory behavior of the ant Azteca andreae which is associated with the myrmecophyte Cecropia obtusa.

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