Amazon ant
Amazon Am"a*zon, n. [L., fr. Gr. ?.] 1. One of a fabulous race of female warriors in Scythia; hence, a female warrior. [1913 Webster]

2. A tall, strong, masculine woman; a virago. [1913 Webster]

3. (Zo["o]l.) A name numerous species of South American parrots of the genus {Chrysotis} [1913 Webster]

{Amazon ant} (Zo["o]l.), a species of ant ({Polyergus rufescens}), of Europe and America. They seize by conquest the larv[ae] and nymphs of other species and make slaves of them in their own nests. [1913 Webster]


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  • amazon ant — noun a small reddish ant which captures the pupae of other ant colonies to raise as slaves. [Genus Polyergus.] …   English new terms dictionary

  • Amazon ant — /ˌæməzən ˈænt/ (say .amuhzuhn ant) noun a species of red ant, Polyergus rufescens, that steals and enslaves the young of other species …   Australian English dictionary

  • Amazon ant — noun small reddish slave making ant species • Syn: ↑Polyergus rufescens • Hypernyms: ↑slave making ant, ↑slave maker • Member Holonyms: ↑Polyergus, ↑genus Polyergus …   Useful english dictionary

  • Amazon ant — any of several ants of the genus Polyergus that raid the nests of other species, carrying off and enslaving the young. * * * …   Universalium

  • Amazon-ant — …   Useful english dictionary

  • Amazon — Am a*zon, n. [L., fr. Gr. ?.] 1. One of a fabulous race of female warriors in Scythia; hence, a female warrior. [1913 Webster] 2. A tall, strong, masculine woman; a virago. [1913 Webster] 3. (Zo[ o]l.) A name numerous species of South American… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Amazon — Amazon1 [am′ə zän΄, am′əzən] n. [L < Gr Amazōn, of unknown orig., but deriv. by folk etym. < a , without + mazos, breast, hence the story that the Amazons cut off one breast to facilitate archery] 1. Gr. Myth. any of a race of female… …   English World dictionary

  • Amazon — /am euh zon , zeuhn/, n. 1. a river in N South America, flowing E from the Peruvian Andes through N Brazil to the Atlantic Ocean: the largest river in the world in volume of water carried. 3900 mi. (6280 km) long. 2. Class. Myth. one of a race of …   Universalium

  • 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

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