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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Origin of honey ant
First recorded in 1865–70
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Example sentences from the Web for honey ant
It will be enough to glance at the commencement of the ritual of the honey-ant totemites.Anthropology|Robert Marett
Two species which are now attached to the honey-ant were formerly honey-ants, etc.The Elementary Forms of the Religious Life|Emile Durkheim
The honey-ant is herself a storehouse of food in case of famine.