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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

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