slave-making ant

noun
slave-mak·​ing ant | \ ˈslāv-ˌmā-kiŋ- How to pronounce slave-making ant (audio) \

Definition of slave-making ant

: 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

First Known Use of slave-making ant

1817, in the meaning defined above

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“Slave-making ant.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/slave-making%20ant. Accessed 8 December 2019.

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