Lark & termite (Random House) marks a critical comeback for Phillips.
What drew you to the theme and why did you choose to set Lark & termite in the past, and not say, during the current Iraq War?
The termite team whirled around; the ruler stared, as though in sudden realization of danger.
If you knew what you were talking about, you wouldn't dismiss the termite so casually!
The only social insects were small twigfuls of ant and termite colonies, with from five to fifteen members.
No doubt, to his own mind, he had placed them near one of the termite highways.
All the termites in the chamber were converging slowly toward the spot where the termite had given the rasping alarm.
This type of termite was armored more poorly than the others.
The termite neuters are subdivided into two classes, soldiers and workers, both wingless and blind.
Behind him, Jim glared desperately at the third termite that was about to attack.
1849, back-formation from plural form termites (1781), from Modern Latin termites (three syllables), plural of termes (genitive termitis), a special use of Late Latin termes "woodworm, white ant," altered (by influence of Latin terere "to rub, wear, erode") from earlier Latin tarmes. Their nest is a terminarium (1863).
Any of various pale-colored insects of the order Isoptera that live in large colonies and feed on wood. Termites resemble ants in their appearance, manner of living, and social organization, but are not closely related. Termites can be very destructive to wooden buildings and structures. Also called isopteran.