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 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] ||


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  • 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

  • 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 shrike — noun antbirds superficially resembling shrikes • Hypernyms: ↑antbird, ↑ant bird • Member Holonyms: ↑Thamnophilus, ↑genus Thamnophilus * * * ant shrike, any one of various ant birds of South America that resembles shrikes …   Useful english dictionary

  • Wood ant — Wood Wood, n. [OE. wode, wude, AS. wudu, wiodu; akin to OHG. witu, Icel. vi?r, Dan. & Sw. ved wood, and probably to Ir. & Gael. fiodh, W. gwydd trees, shrubs.] [1913 Webster] 1. A large and thick collection of trees; a forest or grove; frequently …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Aristida oligantha — 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

  • butcher birds — Shrike Shrike, n. [Akin to Icel. skr[=i]kja a shrieker, the shrike, and E. shriek; cf. AS. scr[=i]c a thrush. See {Shriek}, v. i.] (Zo[ o]l.) Any one of numerous species of oscinine birds of the family {Laniid[ae]}, having a strong hooked bill,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Crow shrike — Shrike Shrike, n. [Akin to Icel. skr[=i]kja a shrieker, the shrike, and E. shriek; cf. AS. scr[=i]c a thrush. See {Shriek}, v. i.] (Zo[ o]l.) Any one of numerous species of oscinine birds of the family {Laniid[ae]}, having a strong hooked bill,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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