n.; pl. bromatia [Gr. broma, food]
A hyphal swelling on the fungus cultured by fungus ants on organic debris in underground galleries.

Online Dictionary of Invertebrate Zoology. . 2005.

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  • bromatium — /broh may shee euhm, sheuhm/, n., pl. bromatia / shee euh, sheuh/. any of the swollen hyphal tips of certain fungi, on which ants can feed. [( < NL) < Gk bromátion, equiv. to bromat , s. of brôma food, meat + ion dim. suffix] * * * …   Universalium

  • bromatium — bro·ma·tium …   English syllables

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  • fungus garden — noun : a growth of fungus in the nests of various ants and beetles that is tended and used by them for food compare ambrosia beetle, bromatium …   Useful english dictionary

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