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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun The behavioral syndrome whereby slave-making ants raid nests of other species of ants and carry off the pupae in order to provide workers for their own colony.

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  • noun entomology process by which parasitic ants steal pupae from the nests of other ants and raise them in their own nest, so that they become part of the colony and perform tasks in it.

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Greek doulōsis, enslavement, from douloun, to enslave, from doulos, slave.]

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  • The enslavement of an ant colony or its members by ants of a different species. See dulocracy.

    August 9, 2008