from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An ant held in slavery by another species of ant. Thus Formica subsericea is frequently a slave in the colonies of Formica difficilis.
Sorry, no etymologies found.
Every ant in the colony seemed to be employed in this laborious occupation, yet there was not a white slave-ant among them.
She called to mind several elderly women of her acquaintance, pensioners of her own group, who still wore its livery, struck its attitudes and chattered its jargon, but had long since been ruthlessly relegated to these slave-ant offices.