a reddish-brown European ant, Formica rufa, typically living in anthills in woodlands
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How to use wood ant in a sentence
MacCook often observed the same fact later, among, with others, the already described Pennsylvanian wood-ant.Animal Intelligence | George J. Romanes
The wood ant (Formica lignipeda) is another familiar species.
It was a gigantic angry wood-ant, which hung on to my finger for all it was worth.'Brother Bosch', an Airman's Escape from Germany | Gerald Featherstone Knight
He discovered, also, what old stumps to tear apart when he wanted a pleasantly acid tonic dose of the larvæ of the wood-ant.The Heart of the Ancient Wood | Charles G. D. Roberts
Formic acid is shed so sensibly by the wood ant, Formica rufa, when an Ant-hill is stirred, that it can occasion an inflammation.