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kelep

[kel-ep, kuh-lep]
noun
  1. a stinging ant, Ectatomma tuberculatum, introduced into the U.S. from Guatemala, that preys on the boll weevil.
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Origin of kelep

1900–05; < Kekchi (Mayan language of Guatemala)
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Historical Examples of kelep

  • Mr Cook also found that the boll weevil was attacked, killed and eaten by an ant-like creature, the “kelep.”

    Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 7, Slice 5

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