slave ant


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]

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Universalium. 2010.

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

  • slave ant — noun any of various ants captured as larvae and enslaved by another species • Hypernyms: ↑ant, ↑emmet, ↑pismire • Hyponyms: ↑Formica fusca * * * noun : an ant enslaved by a slave making ant * * * an ant taken as a larva or pupa by ants of another …   Useful english 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) …   Australian English dictionary

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

  • 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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