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slave ant

an ant taken as a larva or pupa by ants of another species and becoming a working member of the captor colony.
Origin of slave ant
First recorded in 1865-70 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • The same gentleman another day observed a slave ant venture out to the entrance to the ant-hill to enjoy the warmth of the sun.

British Dictionary definitions for slave ant

slave ant

any of various ants, esp Formica fusca, captured and forced to do the work of a colony of ants of another species (slave-making ants) See also amazon ant
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