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fire ant

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noun
  1. any of several omnivorous ants, as the migrant Solenopsis geminata originating in tropical and subtropical South America, having a sting that produces a burning sensation.
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Origin of fire ant

First recorded in 1790–1800
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  • There is the fire-ant of the Amazon valley, which will put human beings to flight.

    Furze the Cruel

    John Trevena

  • Paresi bent away from the blow like a caterpillar being bitten by a fire-ant.

    Breaking Point

    James E. Gunn

  • Cockroaches swarm everywhere; but the fire-ant is, for its size, probably the most terrible of created beings.

    The Western World

    W.H.G. Kingston

  • The most annoying of the species is the fire-ant—a little creature of a shining reddish colour.


British Dictionary definitions for fire ant

fire ant

noun
  1. any mound-building predatory ant of the genus Solenopsis, of tropical and subtropical America, that can inflict a painful sting
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