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fire ant

any of several omnivorous ants, as the migrant Solenopsis geminata originating in tropical and subtropical South America, having a sting that produces a burning sensation.
Origin of fire ant
1790-1800 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • Cockroaches swarm everywhere; but the fire-ant is, for its size, probably the most terrible of created beings.

    The Western World W.H.G. Kingston
  • There is the fire-ant of the Amazon valley, which will put human beings to flight.

    Furze the Cruel John Trevena
  • The most annoying of the species is the fire-ant—a little creature of a shining reddish colour.

    On the Banks of the Amazon W.H.G. Kingston
  • Paresi bent away from the blow like a caterpillar being bitten by a fire-ant.

    Breaking Point James E. Gunn
British Dictionary definitions for fire-ant

fire ant

any mound-building predatory ant of the genus Solenopsis, of tropical and subtropical America, that can inflict a painful sting
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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