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ant lion

any of several insects belonging to the family Myrmeleontidae, of the order Neuroptera, the larvae of which dig a pit in sand where they lie in wait to prey upon ants or other insects that lose their footing.
Also, antlion.
Origin of ant lion
1805-15 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • When the ant lion shows itself, gently scoop it up with a spoon.

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