Agricultural ant
Agricultural Ag`ri*cul"tur*al, a. Of or pertaining to agriculture; connected with, or engaged in, tillage; as, the agricultural class; agricultural implements, wages, etc. -- {Ag`ri*cul"tur*al*ly}, adv. [1913 Webster]

{Agricultural ant} (Zo["o]l.), a species of ant which gathers and stores seeds of grasses, for food. The remarkable species ({Myrmica barbata}) found in Texas clears circular areas and carefully cultivates its favorite grain, known as ant rice. [1913 Webster]


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  • agricultural ant — Harvesting Har vest*ing, a. & n., from {Harvest}, v. t. [1913 Webster] {Harvesting ant} (Zo[ o]l.), any species of ant which gathers and stores up seeds for food. Many species are known. [1913 Webster] Note: The species found in Southern Europe… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • agricultural ant. — See harvester ant. [1865 70, Amer.] * * * …   Universalium

  • agricultural ant — noun Etymology: so called from its habit of clearing away all plants about its nest except those which provide its food : harvester ant …   Useful english dictionary

  • agricultural ant. — See harvester ant. [1865 70, Amer.] …   Useful english dictionary

  • Agricultural — Ag ri*cul tur*al, a. Of or pertaining to agriculture; connected with, or engaged in, tillage; as, the agricultural class; agricultural implements, wages, etc. {Ag ri*cul tur*al*ly}, adv. [1913 Webster] {Agricultural ant} (Zo[ o]l.), a species of… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • ant — (Roget s IV) n. Syn. emmet, pismire, insect. Types of ants include: worker, neuter, replete, queen, male. Antlike insects include: termite, white ant, army ant, legionary ant, fire ant, Texas red ant, black ant, visiting ant, agricultural ant,… …   English dictionary for students

  • ant — n pismire, hymenopteron, hymenopter, Chiefly Dial. emmet, Latin, formica, Fr. fourmit Span, hor miga; red ant, agricultural ant, harvester ant, leaf cutting ant; foraging ant, army ant, driver ant, legionary ant; carpenter ant, white ant, termite …   A Note on the Style of the synonym finder

  • Ant — 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. [1913 Webster] Note: Among ants …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Ant bird — Ant 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. [1913 Webster] Note: Among… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Ant rice — Ant 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. [1913 Webster] Note: Among… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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