Amazon ant


Definition of Amazon ant

: an ant of a genus (Polyergus) of slave-making ants of Europe and America which carry away and rear in their own nests the larvae and nymphs of other species

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First Known Use of Amazon ant

1813, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for Amazon ant

so called from the legend that the Amazons captured children from other tribes and reared them as their own

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“Amazon ant.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Oct. 2020.

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