The Amazons were a warrior-race of women from the North who joined battle with a terrifying war-cry. They were the equal of men in the field. They came to be seen as haters of men, women who sought foreign husbands, only to kill their sons and raise their daughters as Amazons. Later tradition has it that they cut off their right breast to become better archers. A vigorous and aggressive woman today might be deemed an amazon, while also conveying the idea of enormous physical stature. Often it is a derogatory term. The Amazon ant is a species of red ant that captures the offspring of other species and turns them into slaves.