helotism

helotism

[hel-uh-tiz-uhm, hee-luh-]
noun
1.
the state or quality of being a helot; serfdom.
2.
Ecology. the subordinate organisms in an unequal symbiotic relationship.

Origin:
1815–25; Helot + -ism

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helotism (ˈhɛləˌtɪzəm, ˈhiː-)
 
n
1.  the condition or quality of being a Helot
2.  a sociopolitical system in which a class, minority, nation, etc, is held in a state of subjection
3.  zoology another name for dulosis

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