From Ancient Greek ἐργάτης (ergátēs, “workman”)
ergate (plural ergates)
- (entomology) A worker ant.
1910, William Morton Wheeler, Ants: Their Structure, Development and Behavior, Columbia University Press, page 97:
- The worker (ergates) is characterized by the complete absence of wings and a very small (stenonotal) thorax, much simplified in the structure of its sclerites.