Carpenter ant
Carpenter Car"pen*ter, n. [OF. carpentier, F. charpentier, LL. carpentarius, fr. L. carpentum wagon, carriage.] An artificer who works in timber; a framer and builder of houses, ships, etc.

Syn: {Carpenter}, {Joiner}.

Usage: The carpenter frames and puts together roofs, partitions, floors, and other structural parts of a building. The joiner supplies stairs, doors shutters, mantelpieces, cupboards, and other parts necessary to finishing the building. In America the two trades are commonly united. [1913 Webster]

{Carpenter ant} (Zo["o]l.), any species of ant which gnaws galleries in the wood of trees and constructs its nests therein. They usually select dead or somewhat decayed wood. The common large American species is {Formica Pennsylvanica}.

{Carpenter bee} (Zo["o]l.), a large hymenopterous insect of the genus {Xylocopa}; -- so called because it constructs its nest by gnawing long galleries in sound timber. The common American species is {Xylocopa Virginica}. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • carpenter ant — n. any of a genus (Camponotus) of large ants that build nests in wooden buildings, tree trunks, etc. by gnawing out a complicated series of chambers …   English World dictionary

  • Carpenter ant — Taxobox image width = 200px image caption = Camponotus herculeanus (Worker) regnum = Animalia phylum = Arthropoda classis = Insecta ordo = Hymenoptera familia = Formicidae subfamilia = Formicinae tribus = Camponotini genus = Camponotus genus… …   Wikipedia

  • carpenter-ant — carˈpenter bee or carˈpenter ant noun A bee or ant that excavates its nest in wood • • • Main Entry: ↑carpenter …   Useful english dictionary

  • carpenter ant — car′penter ant n. ent a black or brown ant of the genus Camponotus that nests in decaying wood • Etymology: 1880–85 …   From formal English to slang

  • carpenter ant — /ˈkapəntə ænt/ (say kahpuhntuh ant) noun a large ant of the genus Camponotus, especially C. pennsylvanicus, the adults of which are usually black; nests are established in wood from which wood fragments are cut to expand galleries (see gallery… …   Australian English dictionary

  • carpenter ant — noun ant that nests in decaying wood in which it bores tunnels for depositing eggs • Hypernyms: ↑ant, ↑emmet, ↑pismire • Member Holonyms: ↑Camponotus, ↑genus Camponotus …   Useful english dictionary

  • carpenter ant — noun Date: 1883 an ant (especially genus Camponotus) that gnaws galleries especially in dead or decaying wood …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • carpenter ant — a black or brown ant of the genus Camponotus that nests in the wood of decaying or dead trees in which it bores tunnels for depositing its eggs. [1880 85] * * * …   Universalium

  • carpenter ant — noun a large ant which burrows into wood to make a nest. [Genus Camponotus.] …   English new terms dictionary

  • carpenter ant — noun any of several large ants, of the genus Camponatus, found in North America and northern China, that build nests in dead wood …   Wiktionary

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