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honey ant

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noun
  1. 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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Historical Examples

  • The honey-ant is herself a storehouse of food in case of famine.

    Birds and All Nature, Vol. V, No. 3, March 1899

    Various

  • 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.