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

  • noun A system under which a nominally free social class or a religious, national, or racial minority is permanently oppressed and degraded.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The maintenance, by animals of one species, of individuals of another species in return for their labor as servants.
  • noun In botany, a peculiar form of symbiosis in which one organism bears to another the relation of slave to master; noting especially the relation of the algal to the fungal component of a lichen: opposed to mutualistic symbiosis..

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun The condition of the Helots or slaves in Sparta; slavery.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun The permanent oppression of a nominally free group of people
  • noun zoology A form of symbiosis in which one species is forced to perform tasks for another, for their mutual benefit


Sorry, no etymologies found.



Log in or sign up to get involved in the conversation. It's quick and easy.