army ant

noun
any of the chiefly tropical ants of the suborder Dorylinae that travel in vast swarms, preying mainly on other insects.
Also called driver ant, legionary ant.


Origin:
1870–75

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army ant
 
n
See also driver ant Also called: legionary ant any of various mainly tropical American predatory ants of the subfamily Dorylinae, which live in temporary nests and travel in vast hordes preying on other animals

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That's the scale of army ant operations when they're attacking a tarantula or scorpion.
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