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carpenter ant

noun

  1. 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.


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Word History and Origins

Origin of carpenter ant1

First recorded in 1880–85

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Example Sentences

One kind of carpenter-ant covers its walls with a mixture of sawdust, earth, and spiders' webs.

Among these are the two large species of carpenter-ant before mentioned, which work in stumps or fallen timber.

The carpenter-ant has no moral sense, and is not amenable either to kindness or blows.

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