[ kel-ep, kuh-lep ]
/ ˈkɛl ɛp, kəˈlɛp /
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)
Words nearby kelep
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Example sentences from the Web for kelep
Mr Cook also found that the boll weevil was attacked, killed and eaten by an ant-like creature, the “kelep.”