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Monday, July 31, 2017

Definitions for ergate

  1. a worker ant.

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Citations for ergate
The worker (ergates) is characterized by the complete absence of wings and a very small ... thorax, much simplified in the structure of its sclerites ... William Morton Wheeler, Ants: Their Structure, Development and Behavior, 1910
I knew her favourite theory that all the types of transitional between the three chief castes, the male, female, and the ergate or worker, were pathological ... Frederick Philip Grove, Consider Her Ways, 1947
Origin of ergate
Ergate comes from Greek ergátēs “worker,” a derivative of the noun érgon (also wérgon in some dialects) “work,” a straightforward development from the Proto-Indo-European root werg- “to work,” the same source as English work. Ergate entered English in the early 20th century.