slave-making ant

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

Definition of slave-making ant

: an ant (such as Formica sanguinea) that attacks the colonies of ants of other species and carries off the larvae and pupae to be reared in its own nest as workers (see worker sense 2)

First Known Use of slave-making ant

1817, in the meaning defined above

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“Slave-making ant.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/slave-making%20ant. Accessed 2 Jul. 2022.

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