Definition of slave-making ant in English:

slave-making ant

Syllabification: slave-mak·ing ant
(also slave-maker ant)

noun

An ant that raids the nests of other ant species and steals the pupae, which later become workers in the new colony.
  • Several species in the family Formicidae, in particular the European Formica sanguinea. See also amazon ant
More example sentences
  • But unlike parasitic slave-maker ants, which raid and virtually destroy the colonies of unsuspecting hosts, L. minutissimus appears to move in and live amiably with its host.
  • Without presuming to answer the question, he demonstrated how natural selection works to refine instinct in such cases as slave-making ants or hive-making bees.
  • The slave-making ants go to the nest of another ant-species to rob pupae, which are carried back.

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