from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The occurrence in ant-colonies of insects to which the ants are hostile, but which nevertheless succeed in maintaining their position as unwelcome guests: opposed to symphily (which see).


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  • Metochy: the relation borne to ants by the tolerated guests in ant-hills; demanding nothing from and giving nothing to the ants; see symphily and synecthry.

    Explanation of Terms Used in Entomology


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  • Spelled synechthry in Webster 2 (1934) and the OED, which calls the spelling synecthry erroneous. The etymology is Greek syn-, together, and echthra, hatred.

    January 8, 2011