slave ant

  1. 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

Words Nearby slave ant Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use slave ant in a sentence

  • 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.

  • Every ant in the colony seemed to be employed in this laborious occupation, yet there was not a white slave-ant among them.

British Dictionary definitions for slave ant

slave ant

  1. 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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