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Definition a relationship between two species (or entities) that live in close proximity — typically helping each other
  • Canada and the U.S. each benefit greatly from a symbiotic relationship.
  • He never learned the full story of the strange symbiosis between the Overmind and its servants.
    Arthur C. Clarke  --  Childhood's End
  • The Stables argue that a certain level of symbiosis is necessary between humanity and the Core.
    Dan Simmons  --  Hyperion
  • I doubt that an independent organism, however intimate the symbiosis it has entered upon, would give up on so essential a part of life as reproduction.
    Yann Martel  --  Life of Pi
  • There was escape from the solitary cell; a brief symbiosis, sharing all the world... No one else knew the hidden Rosalind.
    John Wyndham  --  The Chrysalids
  • That they had come to such symbiosis continually surprised Kathy.
    Dave Eggers  --  Zeitoun
  • Several white families live on the island in a paternalistic, but in many ways symbiotic, relationship with their neighbors.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide
  • Hoss eventually developed what might be called a fruitful—or at least symbiotic—relationship with the man who was to remain his immediate superior: Adolf Eichmann.
    William Styron  --  Sophie's Choice
  • Symbiotic, in a way.
    Heather Brewer  --  Tenth Grade Bleeds
  • Then Mr. Kingsley asked, "The condition in which a person may be able to hear colors or visualize flavors when music is played is called: Synthesis, Symbiosis, Synesthesia, Symbolism."
    Sharon M. Draper  --  Out of My Mind
  • Reflexively, he grabbed the dagger at the back of his belt and flung it at Kessell, though he knew that Kessell was joined in some perverted symbiosis with Crenshinibon and that the small weapon had no chance of hitting its mark.
    R.A. Salvatore  --  The Crystal Shard
  • Mrs. Smeath sitting, standing, lying down with her holy rubber plant, flying, with Mr. Smeath stuck to her back, being screwed like a beetle; Mrs. Smeath in the dark-blue bloomers of Miss Lumley, who somehow combines with her in a frightening symbiosis.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Cat's Eye
  • It was Ishmael's job to set the impression meters and water fountains and to act in the role of fly boy; Arthur, who had formed over the years a symbiotic relationship with the machine, ducked in and out inspecting the plates and printing cylinders.
    David Guterson  --  Snow Falling on Cedars
  • I was connected to the heartbeats and pulses of my roommates by a benign, vital symbiosis,and I felt that I depended on them for blood and oxygen, and if one of them had abandoned the rest of us at that very instant, my spirit and my body could not have absorbed such trauma, such loss.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Lords of Discipline
  • There has been significant debate in the scientific community about whether desire is a symptom of a system infected with amor deliria nervosa, or a precondition of the disease itself It is unanimously agreed, however, that love and desire enjoy a symbiotic relationship, meaning that one cannot exist without the other.
    Lauren Oliver  --  Delirium
  • Though their attitudes would fit more comfortably in an earlier period of American history, their relationship to the people is a symbiotic one.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide
  • There was no melding with the child into symbiotic fleshy warmth.
    Jane Smiley  --  A Thousand Acres
  • If the correspondents at the bar were inclined to talk more than they listened, in an instance of perfect symbiosis the hostesses were inclined to listen more than they talked.
    Amor Towles  --  A Gentleman in Moscow
  • Which meant that these trees either lived in a symbiotic relationship with the algae, in a givingandtaking that was to their mutual advantage, or, simpler still, were an integral part of the algae.
    Yann Martel  --  Life of Pi
  • There was a kind of symbiosis in their relationship to these grand places: they gave life to the ancient architecture by making it the backdrop of their discourse, by refusing to worship at its altar as if it were a dead thing.
    Tara Westover  --  Educated

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