fire ant


Definition of fire ant

: any of a genus (Solenopsis) of fiercely stinging omnivorous ants especially : imported fire ant

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Recent Examples on the Web Feral cats, invasive fire ants, strikes by vehicles, drought, West Nile virus, and climate change may also be contributing to the birds’ continued decline. National Geographic, "Florida scrub jay," 3 Mar. 2020 Most everyone has a photo of themselves at some stage in life standing in a field of bluebonnets, dodging fire ants and snakes, right? Craig Hlavaty, Houston Chronicle, "Uniquely Texas rites of passage for all little Texans," 20 Mar. 2020 Debbie wakes with her own feet burning, though there are no fire ants in her room. Hannah Giorgis, The Atlantic, "An Epic Novel Haunted by the Ghosts of Colonialism," 11 Mar. 2020 To get rid of the fire ants, broadcast dry molasses at 20 pounds per 1,000 square feet. Howard Garrett, Dallas News, "To keep pests out of your new garden, it’s all about maintaining a natural balance," 30 Mar. 2020 Is there a best way to treat for fire ants, and when should it be applied? Neil Sperry,, "Down to Earth: Dealing with chickweed? Cover it now, treat it on Labor Day," 13 Feb. 2020 Now, traffic comes to a daily standstill in the bulging Texas boomtown and state capital, and keeping track of new hotels — and especially new restaurants — is like counting fire ants in a South Austin backyard. Dallas News, "Stay hip to booming Austin, where there’s always something new," 7 Feb. 2020 Unfortunately, the football cosmos has aligned in such a way that, no matter what jerseys the two teams wear, the whole game will look like a battle between warring colonies of fire ants. Aj Willingham, CNN, "What time is the Super Bowl? And other things you need to know about the big game," 2 Feb. 2020 Up 28-17, Mahomes faced 3rd and 6 and was once again bouncing around the field like there were fire ants in his shoes. Andrew Beaton, WSJ, "Patrick Mahomes Leads Another Comeback—and the Chiefs Back to the Super Bowl," 19 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of fire ant

1796, in the meaning defined above

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16 May 2020

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“Fire ant.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 May. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of fire ant

: a type of ant that gives a very painful bite

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Medical Definition of fire ant

: any ant of the genus Solenopsis especially : imported fire ant

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