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Ant

Ant Meaning & Definition
Ant Definition And Meaning

What's The Definition Of Ant?

[n] social insect living in organized colonies; characteristically the males and fertile queen have wings during breeding season; wingless sterile females are the workers

Synonyms | Synonyms for Ant: emmet | pismire

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See Also | army ant | bulldog ant | carpenter ant | driver ant | family Formicidae | fire ant | Formica rufa | Formicidae | hymenopter | hymenopteran | hymenopteron | hymenopterous insect | legionary ant | little black ant | Monomorium minimum | Monomorium pharaonis | pharaoh ant | pharaoh's ant | slave ant | slave-maker | slave-making ant | wood ant

Ant In Webster's Dictionary

\Ant-\ See {Anti-}, prefix.
\-ant\ [F. -ant, fr. L. -antem or -entem, the pr. p. ending; also sometimes directly from L. -antem.] A suffix sometimes marking the agent for action; as, merchant, covenant, servant, pleasant, etc. Cf. {-ent}.
\Ant\, n. [OE. ante, amete, emete, AS. [ae]mete akin to G. ameise. Cf. {Emmet}.] (Zo["o]l.) A hymenopterous insect of the Linn[ae]an genus {Formica}, which is now made a family of several genera; an emmet; a pismire. Note: Among ants, as among bees, there are neuter or working ants, besides the males and females; the former are without wings. Ants live together in swarms, usually raising hillocks of earth, variously chambered within, where they maintain a perfect system of order, store their provisions, and nurture their young. There are many species, with diverse habits, as agricultural ants, carpenter ants, honey ants, foraging ants, amazon ants, etc. The white ants or Termites belong to the Neuroptera. {Ant bird} (Zo["o]l.), one of a very extensive group of South American birds ({Formicariid[ae]}), which live on ants. The family includes many species, some of which are called {ant shrikes}, {ant thrushes}, and {ant wrens}. {Ant rice} (Bot.), a species of grass ({Aristida oligantha}) cultivated by the agricultural ants of Texas for the sake of its seed.

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