fire ant


fire ant
noun
omnivorous ant of tropical and subtropical America that can inflict a painful sting
Hypernyms: ↑ant, ↑emmet, ↑pismire
Member Holonyms: ↑Solenopsis, ↑genus Solenopsis

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noun
: a stinging ant; specifically : any of numerous small fiercely stinging omnivorous ants constituting a genus (Solenopsis) now nearly cosmopolitan in warm regions

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any of several omnivorous ants, as the migrant Solenopsis geminata originating in tropical and subtropical South America, having a sting that produces a burning sensation.
[1790-1800]

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fire ant noun
A tropical American ant that inflicts a painful sting
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Main Entry:fire

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fire ant,
a very destructive, poisonous ant native to South America and now very common in the southeastern United States, and spreading to other sections.

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n. a tropical American ant that has a painful and sometimes dangerous sting. Genus Solenopsis, family Formicidae: several species, in particular the South American S. invicta, which has become a serious pest in the southeastern U.S

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noun, pl ⋯ ants [count]
: a type of ant that gives a very painful bite

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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  • fire ant — ant n any ant of the genus Solenopsis esp IMPORTED FIRE ANT * * * 1. any ant of the genus Solenopsis. 2. any ant with a fierce sting …   Medical dictionary

  • fire ant — n a type of insect that lives in groups. They build large piles of earth to live in, and can give a very painful bite …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • fire ant — fire′ ant n. ent any of several omnivorous ants having a burning sting • Etymology: 1790–1800 …   From formal English to slang

  • fire ant — n. any of a genus (Solenopsis) of ants whose sting causes a burning sensation, esp. a South American species ( S. invicta) that has become a severe pest in the S U.S …   English World dictionary

  • Fire ant — Taxobox image caption = Solenopsis queens and workers image width = 250px regnum = Animalia phylum = Arthropoda classis = Insecta ordo = Hymenoptera subordo = Apocrita familia = Formicidae subfamilia = Myrmicinae tribus = Solenopsidini genus =… …   Wikipedia

  • fire ant — any of several omnivorous ants, as the migrant Solenopsis geminata originating in tropical and subtropical South America, having a sting that produces a burning sensation. [1790 1800] * * * Any of a genus (Solenopsis) of insects in the ant family …   Universalium

  • fire ant — noun Date: 1796 any of a genus (Solenopsis) of fiercely stinging omnivorous ants; especially imported fire ant …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • fire ant — /ˈfaɪər ænt/ (say fuyuhr ant) noun a small red ant, Solenopsis invicta, with a painful burning sting, native to South America, and introduced into the southern United States in the 1930s; in 2001 established in Australia in the Brisbane region; a …   Australian English dictionary

  • fire ant — n. omnivorous ant that causes a painful burning sting found in South America and the southern United States …   English contemporary dictionary

  • fire ant — noun a tropical American ant with a painful sting. [Solenopsis invicta and other species.] …   English new terms dictionary


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