helotism

noun hel·ot·ism \ˈhelətˌizəm\

Definition of helotism

plural

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  1. 1 :  the quality or state of being a helot :  serfdom

  2. 2 :  a symbiotic relation of plants or animals in which one functions as the slave of the other (as that between certain species of ants) — compare commensalism, parasitism, symbiosis

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