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[doo-loh-sis, dyoo-]
  1. the enslavement of an ant colony or its members by ants of a different species.
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Origin of dulosis

1900–05; < Greek doúlōsis enslavement, equivalent to doulō-, variant stem of douloún to enslave (derivative of doûlos slave + -sis -sis
Related formsdu·lot·ic [doo-lot-ik, dyoo-] /duˈlɒt ɪk, dyu-/, adjective
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Historical Examples

  • Dulosis, is that mingling of colonies which owes its origin to the enslavement of one species by another.

    Explanation of Terms Used in Entomology

    John. B. Smith

British Dictionary definitions for dulosis


  1. a practice of some ants, in which one species forces members of a different species to do the work of the colonyAlso called: helotism
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Derived Formsdulotic (djuːˈlɒtɪk), adjective

Word Origin

C20: from Greek: enslavement, from doulos slave
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