myrmecophyte, n. [Gr. my`rmhx, my`rmhkos, ant + fyto`n plant.].
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. [Webster 1913 Suppl.]