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worker

a sterile female member of a colony of bees, ants, or wasps that forages for food, cares for the larvae, etc.

worker

[′wər·kər]
(invertebrate zoology)
One of the neuter, usually sterile individuals making up a caste of social insects, such as ants, termites, or bees, which labor for the colony.
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By tens of thousands and hundreds of thousands men sat up nights and schemed how they could get between the workers and the things the workers produced.
Swarming was invented to cheat a worker out of her proper comforts.
Freddie Drummond did not care for dancing, but Bill Totts never missed the nights at the various dancing clubs, such as The Magnolia, The Western Star, and The Elite; while he won a massive silver cup, standing thirty inches high, for being the best-sustained character at the Butchers and Meat Workers' annual grand masked ball.
I had created a new industry, and had brought a producer and several workers into the town.
With these facts before me, I believe that natural selection, by acting on the fertile parents, could form a species which should regularly produce neuters, either all of large size with one form of jaw, or all of small size with jaws having a widely different structure; or lastly, and this is our climax of difficulty, one set of workers of one size and structure, and simultaneously another set of workers of a different size and structure;--a graduated series having been first formed, as in the case of the driver ant, and then the extreme forms, from being the most useful to the community, having been produced in greater and greater numbers through the natural selection of the parents which generated them; until none with an intermediate structure were produced.
These workers actually paid the increased wages of their stronger brothers who were members of unions that were labor monopolies.
This organisation of the proletarians into a class, and consequently into a political party, is continually being upset again by the competition between the workers themselves.
It was not so much his presence that deterred her from making the attempt as the number of workers that were always between her and the hills where the flier lay.
The strike, or, rather, the lockout, because the workers of Rio Blanco had helped their striking brothers of Puebla.
The little that remained ought to be kept for the workers; not a particle for the Nautilus.
Still the prongs continued to click assiduously, for it was not late; and though the air was fresh and keen there was a whisper of spring in it that cheered the workers on.
Three of his most energetic women workers had withdrawn from the Ladies' Aid Society because a tiny spark of gossip had been fanned by wagging tongues into a devouring flame of scandal.