fire ant

noun

Definition of fire ant

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

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Most stinging ants, such as the fire ant, will nest in the ground. Howard Koplowitz | Hkoplowitz@al.com, al.com, "It’s Alabama’s stinging season: How to identify yellow jacket, hornet and bees’ nests," 1 July 2019 Ecosystems are being disrupted worldwide by invasive species, like the South American red fire ants that Wilson, as a budding entomologist at age 13, discovered nesting in Mobile, Alabama, in 1946. National Geographic, "E.O. Wilson at 90: The conservation legend shares dreams for the future," 10 June 2019 Like fire ant rafts, bridges are built based on simple rules and possess surprising strength and flexibility. Quanta Magazine, "The Remarkable Self-Organization of Ants," 9 Apr. 2014 In one of the region’s most bizarre lynchings, townspeople in western Bolivia tied up a woman and her two sons to a tree infested with poisonous fire ants on New Year’s Eve in 2016, mistaking the trio for car thieves. Samantha Pearson, WSJ, "In Latin America, Awash in Crime, Citizens Impose Their Own Brutal Justice," 6 Dec. 2018 Those allergic to fire ant stings could have a serious reaction if stung. Madeline Farber, Fox News, "Florence floodwaters result in 'islands' of floating fire ants," 19 Sep. 2018 The group first collected ten nests of fire ants over three summers and set up colonies of 30 ants each in the laboratory, housed in transparent containers filled with glass particles to simulate soil. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "We can learn the secrets of smooth traffic flow by watching fire ants," 20 Aug. 2018 Researchers studied groups of fire ants digging tunnels in a lab container, observing that 30 percent of the ants did 70 percent of the work, while the rest lazed around, doing very little. Laura Yan, Popular Mechanics, "Lazy Ants Are Great at Avoiding Traffic Jams," 19 Aug. 2018 Treatments with bifenthrin and spinosad also exist that can be applied to fire ant mounds in the garden. Calvin Finch, San Antonio Express-News, "How to control your garden’s pests this summer," 25 May 2018

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1796, in the meaning defined above

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fire ant

noun

English Language Learners Definition of fire ant

: a type of ant that gives a very painful bite

fire ant

noun
\ -ˌant How to pronounce fire ant (audio) \

Medical Definition of fire ant

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

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