ant

An ant is an insect that lives and works in a large colony of ants. Most ants don't have wings, and some of them have stingers.

Ants are related to both bees and wasps, and like them are social insects. Ant colonies can include anywhere from a few dozen to millions of ants, divided into jobs or castes. There isn't a continent in the world that doesn't have ants living there. The Middle English word for ant was ampte, from the Old English æmette and a Germanic root.

Definitions of ant
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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:
emmet, pismire
Types:
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Monomorium pharaonis, pharaoh ant, pharaoh's ant
small red ant of warm regions; a common household pest
Monomorium minimum, little black ant
tiny glossy black ant; nests outdoors but invades houses for food
army ant, driver ant, legionary ant
tropical nomadic ant that preys mainly on other insects
carpenter ant
ant that nests in decaying wood in which it bores tunnels for depositing eggs
fire ant
omnivorous ant of tropical and subtropical America that can inflict a painful sting
Formica rufa, wood ant
reddish-brown European ant typically living in anthills in woodlands
slave ant
any of various ants captured as larvae and enslaved by another species
slave-maker, slave-making ant
an ant that attacks colonies of other ant species and carries off the young to be reared as slave ants
bulldog ant
any of the large fierce Australian ants of the genus Myrmecia
Formica fusca
an ant frequently enslaved
Formica sanguinea, sanguinary ant
slave-making ant widely distributed over the northern hemisphere
Amazon ant, Polyergus rufescens
small reddish slave-making ant species
Type of:
hymenopter, hymenopteran, hymenopteron, hymenopterous insect
insects having two pairs of membranous wings and an ovipositor specialized for stinging or piercing

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