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 ants, as among bees, there are neuter or working ants, besides the males and females; the former are without wings. Ants live together in swarms, usually raising hillocks of earth, variously chambered within, where they maintain a perfect system of order, store their provisions, and nurture their young. There are many species, with diverse habits, as agricultural ants, carpenter ants, honey ants, foraging ants, amazon ants, etc. The white ants or Termites belong to the Neuroptera. [1913 Webster]

{Ant bird} (Zo["o]l.), one of a very extensive group of South American birds ({Formicariid[ae]}), which live on ants. The family includes many species, some of which are called {ant shrikes}, {ant thrushes}, and {ant wrens}.

{Ant rice} (Bot.), a species of grass ({Aristida oligantha}) cultivated by the agricultural ants of Texas for the sake of its seed. [1913 Webster] ||


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Ant bird — Ant bird, (Zo[ o]l.) See {Ant bird}, under {Ant}, n. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • ant bird — noun any of various dull colored South American birds that feeding on ants some following army ant swarms • Syn: ↑antbird • Hypernyms: ↑tyrannid • Hyponyms: ↑ant thrush, ↑ant shrike, ↑spotted antbird, ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • Ant — Ant·a·buse; ant·ambulacral; ant·apex; ant·arc·ta·lian; ant·arctic; ant·arc·ti·ca; ant·arc·to·gae·an; ant; ant·bird; ant·echi·no·mys; ant·echi·nus; ant·ep·ir·rhe·ma; ant·er·gic; ant·he·li·on; ant·hill; ant·ing; ant·ler; ant·lered; ant·ler·ite;… …   English syllables

  • bird — ant·bird; bird; bird·er; bird·less; bird·like; bird·ling; bird·man; bird·stone; black·bird·er; din·gle·bird; hose·bird; ko·bird; stitch·bird; bird·ie; poe·bird; …   English syllables

  • 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 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

  • ant shrikes — 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 thrushes — 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 wrens — 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 thrush — (Zo[ o]l.) (a) One of several species of tropical birds, of the Old World, of the genus {Pitta}, somewhat resembling the thrushes, and feeding chiefly on ants. (b) See {Ant bird}, under {Ant}. [1913 Webster] || …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”