Definition of slave-making ant in English:

slave-making ant

(also slave-maker ant)


  • An ant that raids the nests of other ant species and steals the pupae, which later become workers in the new colony.

    • ‘The slave-making ants go to the nest of another ant-species to rob pupae, which are carried back.’
    • ‘Field and genetic research on slave-making ants has ballooned in the past decade.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘An uneven battle ensues, in which the slave-making ants can be said to win the war.’
    • ‘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.’