[ doo-loh-sis, dyoo- ]
/ duˈloʊ sɪs, dyu- /


the enslavement of an ant colony or its members by ants of a different species.

Origin of dulosis

1900–05; < Greek doúlōsis enslavement, equivalent to doulō-, variant stem of douloún to enslave (derivative of doûlos slave + -sis -sis

Related forms

du·lot·ic [doo-lot-ik, dyoo-] /duˈlɒt ɪk, dyu-/, adjective
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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

dulotic (djuːˈlɒtɪk), adjective

Word Origin for dulosis

C20: from Greek: enslavement, from doulos slave
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