termitarium

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Etymology[edit]

termite +‎ -arium

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  • IPA(key): /ˌtɜɹ.mɪˈtɛ(ə)ɹ.i.əm/

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termitarium (plural termitariums or termitaria)

  1. A termite colony.
    • 2002, Frank N. Young, Jr. & Gene Kritsky, A Survey of Entomology, Writers Club Press (2002), ISBN 9780595221431, page 163:
      When an opening is made in a termitarium, soldiers crowd into the breach, and either stop the invaders or fill the breach with their termite dead.
    • 2010, P. J. Gullan & P.S. Cranston, The Insects: An Outline of Entomology, Wiley-Blackwell (2010), ISBN 9781444330366, page 332:
      The females are winged, but shed all but the stumps of the anterior veins after mating, before entering the termitarium.
    • 2012, Paul Stenner, "Pattern", in Inventive Methods: The Happening of the Social (eds. Celia Lury & Nina Wakeford), Routledge (2012), ISBN 9780415574815, page 137:
      Likewise, given time, the initially rather random clay-gathering activity of termites results in a colossal termitarium, thanks to simple innate inclinations such as the preference to deposit one's ball of clay on larger balls of clay.

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