driver ant

driver ant

noun

Origin:
1855–60

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driver ant
 
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See also army ant any of various tropical African predatory ants of the subfamily Dorylinae, which live in temporary nests and travel in vast hordes preying on other animals

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driver ant

African member of the insect subfamily Dorylinae (family Formicidae; order Hymenoptera) characterized by a nomadic existence alternating with quiet, egg-laying periods. These ferocious ant colonies, when in the nomadic stage, move to a new spot each day.

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