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honey ant

any of several ants, especially of the genus Myrmecocystus, that feed on honeydew or nectar and store the excess juices in the bodies of certain worker ants.
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First recorded in 1865-70 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • There is a curious kind of ant in the southwestern states and Mexico called the honey ant.

  • Here we have the churinga ilkinia, or sacred rock-drawing, in red and white, of the honey ant totem in the Warramunga tribe.

    Magic and Religion Andrew Lang
  • Acre after acre of the soil wherein lives the honey ant is dug over for this toothsome mite.

    Oriental Women Edward Bagby Pollard

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