[ doo-loh-sis, dyoo- ]
/ duˈloʊ sɪs, dyu- /
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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
OTHER WORDS FROM dulosisdu·lot·ic [doo-lot-ik, dyoo-], /duˈlɒt ɪk, dyu-/, adjective
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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
/ (djuːˈləʊsɪs) /
a practice of some ants, in which one species forces members of a different species to do the work of the colonyAlso called: helotism
Derived forms of dulosisdulotic (djuːˈlɒtɪk), adjective
Word Origin for dulosis
C20: from Greek: enslavement, from doulos slave
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