Foraging ant
Forage For"age, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Foraged}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Foraging}.] To wander or rove in search of food; to collect food, esp. forage, for horses and cattle by feeding on or stripping the country; to ravage; to feed on spoil. [1913 Webster]

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{Foraging ant} (Zo["o]l.), one of several species of ants of the genus {Eciton}, very abundant in tropical America, remarkable for marching in vast armies in search of food.

{Foraging cap}, a forage cap.

{Foraging party}, a party sent out after forage. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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