slave ant


noun

an ant taken as a larva or pupa by ants of another species and becoming a working member of the captor colony.

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Origin of slave ant

First recorded in 1865–70
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British Dictionary definitions for slave ant

slave ant

noun

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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