helotism definition

  • noun:
    • A system under which a nominally free personal course or a religious, national, or racial minority is permanently oppressed and degraded.
    • A type of symbiosis, as among specific ants, by which one species is principal and helps make the people in another species perform the jobs needed for their shared success.
    • The permanent oppression of a nominally no-cost group of people
    • A form of symbiosis where one species is forced to do jobs for another, because of their shared benefit
    • the health of the Helots or slaves in Sparta; slavery.
    • The upkeep, by creatures of one species, of people of another species in return for their particular labor as servants.
    • In botany, a peculiar type of symbiosis in which one organism bears to a different the connection of servant to perfect; noting especially the connection of algal towards fungal part of a lichen: against mutualistic symbiosis..

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