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mutualistic


Pilot fish and sharks have a mutualistic relationship. The fish eats parasites that grow on the shark and the shark provides protection and a source of parasites for the fish.
  a relationship between two species (or entities) that live in close proximity and help each other
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mutualistic mutualism
Strongly Associated with:   parasitic, symbiotic
Notes:
Note that "symbiotic" is often used in casual conversation where "mutualistic" would be more precise. Specifically, both species benefit from a mutualistic relationship; while only one (or even neither) may benefit from a symbiotic relationship.
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  • Pilot fish and sharks have a mutualistic relationship. The fish eats parasites that grow on the shark and the shark provides protection and a source of parasites for the fish.
  • There is a mutualism that at its ideal is both powerful and liberating.
    Chang-rae Lee  --  A Gesture Life
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Associated words [difficulty]:   mutualistic , parasitic [1] , symbiotic [6] , parasitic [1] , predatory [1] , symbiotic [6] , ethology [9]
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