slave ant

slave ant
noun
any of various ants captured as larvae and enslaved by another species
Hypernyms: ↑ant, ↑emmet, ↑pismire
Hyponyms: ↑Formica fusca

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noun
: an ant enslaved by a slave-making ant

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an ant taken as a larva or pupa by ants of another species and becoming a working member of the captor colony.
[1865-70]

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slave ant noun
An ant captured and kept as a worker in a community of another species
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Main Entry:slave

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slave ant,
an ant that is captured and forced to work for other ants in a way that suggests slavery.

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  • slave ant — n. any ant enslaved by a SLAVE MAKING ANT …   English World dictionary

  • slave ant — /ˈsleɪv ænt/ (say slayv ant) noun an ant, as Formica fusca, held in captivity by any other species, as Formica sanguinea (called slave making ants) …  

  • slave ant — worker ant, ant which serves the queen ant …   English contemporary dictionary

  • slave ant — an ant taken as a larva or pupa by ants of another species and becoming a working member of the captor colony. [1865 70] * * * …   Universalium

  • slave´like´ — slave «slayv», noun, verb, slaved, slav|ing, adjective. –n. 1. a person who is the property of another. Slaves were once bought and sold like horses in the United States. »We ll visit Caliban, my slave (Shakespeare). 2. Figurative. a) …   Useful english dictionary

  • Slave — (sl[=a]v), n. [Cf. F. esclave, D. slaaf, Dan. slave, sclave, Sw. slaf, all fr. G. sklave, MHG. also slave, from the national name of the Slavonians, or Sclavonians (in LL. Slavi or Sclavi), who were frequently made slaves by the Germans. See… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Slave catcher — Slave Slave (sl[=a]v), n. [Cf. F. esclave, D. slaaf, Dan. slave, sclave, Sw. slaf, all fr. G. sklave, MHG. also slave, from the national name of the Slavonians, or Sclavonians (in LL. Slavi or Sclavi), who were frequently made slaves by the… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Slave coast — Slave Slave (sl[=a]v), n. [Cf. F. esclave, D. slaaf, Dan. slave, sclave, Sw. slaf, all fr. G. sklave, MHG. also slave, from the national name of the Slavonians, or Sclavonians (in LL. Slavi or Sclavi), who were frequently made slaves by the… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Slave driver — Slave Slave (sl[=a]v), n. [Cf. F. esclave, D. slaaf, Dan. slave, sclave, Sw. slaf, all fr. G. sklave, MHG. also slave, from the national name of the Slavonians, or Sclavonians (in LL. Slavi or Sclavi), who were frequently made slaves by the… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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