Definition of dulosis in English:

dulosis

Line breaks: du|lo¦sis
Pronunciation: /djʊːˈləʊsis
 
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noun

[mass noun] Entomology
  • The practice by slave-making ants of capturing the pupae of other ant species and rearing them as workers of their own colony.
    More example sentences
    • On the other hand, one person's comment refers to dulosis as ‘little better than a euphemism’.
    • Their attack on the pet class is presented as an example of dulosis.
    • This parasitic relationship in which workers of a parasitic ant species capture brood from other colonies and rear them as enslaved nestmates is referred to as dulosis.

Derivatives

dulotic

adjective
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  • Facultative slave-making ants, like those in the sanguinea complex, represent an intermediate parasitic group, between freeliving species on the one hand, and obligatory dulotic species on the other.
  • The slave-maker, or dulotic, ant species are typically specialized for raiding nests of host species for their brood.
  • This dulotic character of many ants continues to stimulate research.

Origin

early 20th century: from Greek doulōsis 'slavery', from doulos 'slave'.

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