slave-making ant
noun Date: 1817 an ant that attacks the colonies of ants of other species and carries off the larvae and pupae to be reared in its own nest as slave workers

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  • slave-making ant — [slāv′māk΄iŋ] n. an ant of any of several species that enslave ants of other species, as by raiding their nests to carry off pupae that are kept until they become useful as workers …   English World dictionary

  • slave-making ant — slave′ mak ing ant n. ent an ant that raids the colonies of other ant species, carrying off larvae and pupae to be reared as slaves …   From formal English to slang

  • slave-making ant — noun an ant that attacks colonies of other ant species and carries off the young to be reared as slave ants • Syn: ↑slave maker • Hypernyms: ↑ant, ↑emmet, ↑pismire • Hyponyms: ↑sanguinary ant, ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • slave-making ant — /slayv may king/ an ant of a species that raids the colonies of other ant species, carrying off larvae and pupae to be reared as slaves. [1810 20] * * * …   Universalium

  • 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-maker — noun an ant that attacks colonies of other ant species and carries off the young to be reared as slave ants • Syn: ↑slave making ant • Hypernyms: ↑ant, ↑emmet, ↑pismire • Hyponyms: ↑sanguinary ant, ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • ant — (Roget s IV) n. Syn. emmet, pismire, insect. Types of ants include: worker, neuter, replete, queen, male. Antlike insects include: termite, white ant, army ant, legionary ant, fire ant, Texas red ant, black ant, visiting ant, agricultural ant,… …   English dictionary for students

  • slave maker — noun see slave making ant * * * slave maker, an ant that captures and forces other ants to work for it …   Useful english dictionary

  • Ant — For other uses, see Ant (disambiguation). Ants Temporal range: 130–0 Ma …   Wikipedia

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