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 (do͞o-lō′sĭs, dyo͞o-)
The behavioral syndrome whereby slave-making ants raid nests of other species of ants and carry off the pupae in order to provide workers for their own colony.

[Greek doulōsis, enslavement, from douloun, to enslave, from doulos, slave.]

du·lot′ic (-lŏt′ĭk) adj.


(Zoology) a practice of some ants, in which one species forces members of a different species to do the work of the colony. Also called: helotism
[C20: from Greek: enslavement, from doulos slave]
dulotic adj
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For 200 years it has been used to describe a particular form of ant behavior; the technical term is dulosis, from the Greek word for slave, doulos.