[Taxacom] Derivation of word Termitoloemus

Garland, Mark - NRCS, Greensboro, NC mark.garland at gnb.usda.gov
Thu Nov 7 13:08:22 CST 2013

In ancient Greek, λοιμός (loimos) meant "plague" or "pest".  Maybe that's the second element of the word?

Mark A. Garland
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Subject: [Taxacom] Derivation of word Termitoloemus

Can anyone help me with the latin / greek derivation of the word Termitoloemus? I have read somewhere that it consist of two elements:
termito - derived from termite, and loemus - supposedly meaning to eat, but I cannot retrieve the source for the interpretation of latter element. The species Termitoloemus marshalli attacks termite workers.

Knut Rognes

Oslo, Norway

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