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red ant

any of various reddish ants, especially the Pharaoh ant.
Origin of red ant
First recorded in 1660-70 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • The red ant dislikes to work if he can get slaves to do it for him.

  • The bite of the red ant caused a stinging and burning for about fifteen minutes.

    Inca Land Hiram Bingham
  • And a red ant came up, and very politely asked if she might not pick up the crumbs which the old rabbit dropped.

    Uncle Wiggily's Adventures Howard R. Garis
  • "Oh, it will take many grains of sand to cover the rabbit," said the first red ant, but still they were not discouraged.

    Uncle Wiggily's Adventures Howard R. Garis
  • The red ant (Formica rufa) is singularly adroit in seizing the droplet left it by the plant-louse.

    The Insect World Louis Figuier
  • The red ant (Myrmica rubra) plies, according to circumstances, the trade of a mason or excavator.

    The Insect World Louis Figuier
  • This acid is the active principle in the sting of the red ant, and also of stinging nettles.

    Encyclopedia of Diet Eugene Christian
  • This takes place, with the red ant, at all events, with great regularity every April and October.

  • The greater number of species live apart, and not in a community with an elaborately constructed house like the red ant.

  • One species of red ant does no work for itself, but makes slaves of a black kind, which then do everything for their masters.

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