carpenter ant
noun Date: 1883 an ant (especially genus Camponotus) that gnaws galleries especially in dead or decaying wood

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  • Carpenter ant — Carpenter Car pen*ter, n. [OF. carpentier, F. charpentier, LL. carpentarius, fr. L. carpentum wagon, carriage.] An artificer who works in timber; a framer and builder of houses, ships, etc. Syn: {Carpenter}, {Joiner}. Usage: The carpenter frames… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • carpenter ant — n. any of a genus (Camponotus) of large ants that build nests in wooden buildings, tree trunks, etc. by gnawing out a complicated series of chambers …   English World dictionary

  • Carpenter ant — Taxobox image width = 200px image caption = Camponotus herculeanus (Worker) regnum = Animalia phylum = Arthropoda classis = Insecta ordo = Hymenoptera familia = Formicidae subfamilia = Formicinae tribus = Camponotini genus = Camponotus genus… …   Wikipedia

  • carpenter-ant — carˈpenter bee or carˈpenter ant noun A bee or ant that excavates its nest in wood • • • Main Entry: ↑carpenter …   Useful english dictionary

  • carpenter ant — car′penter ant n. ent a black or brown ant of the genus Camponotus that nests in decaying wood • Etymology: 1880–85 …   From formal English to slang

  • carpenter ant — /ˈkapəntə ænt/ (say kahpuhntuh ant) noun a large ant of the genus Camponotus, especially C. pennsylvanicus, the adults of which are usually black; nests are established in wood from which wood fragments are cut to expand galleries (see gallery… …   Australian English dictionary

  • carpenter ant — noun ant that nests in decaying wood in which it bores tunnels for depositing eggs • Hypernyms: ↑ant, ↑emmet, ↑pismire • Member Holonyms: ↑Camponotus, ↑genus Camponotus …   Useful english dictionary

  • carpenter ant — a black or brown ant of the genus Camponotus that nests in the wood of decaying or dead trees in which it bores tunnels for depositing its eggs. [1880 85] * * * …   Universalium

  • carpenter ant — noun a large ant which burrows into wood to make a nest. [Genus Camponotus.] …   English new terms dictionary

  • carpenter ant — noun any of several large ants, of the genus Camponatus, found in North America and northern China, that build nests in dead wood …   Wiktionary

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