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Having a complex social structure in which individuals live in a colony and have specialized functions, with one or more females producing offspring and nonbreeding individuals cooperatively caring for the young, as in termites and many ants, bees, and wasps.
eu·so′ci·al′i·ty (-shē-ăl′ĭ-tē) n.
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(Zoology) zoology of or relating to the society of certain animals in which workers provide for reproductive individuals, esp that of certain insects
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of or pertaining to a form of animal society, as that of ants, shrimps, and sponges, characterized by specialization of tasks and cooperative care of the young.
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