fire ant

noun

Definition of fire ant

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

Examples of fire ant in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In 2014, scientists discovered that crazy ants could survive exposure to fire ant venom 98 percent of the time by using their own formic acid to detoxify the venom. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, 28 Mar. 2022 The hope is that, by gaining a better understanding of the simple rules underlying fire ant behavior, the engineers can develop better algorithms controlling how swarms of robots interact. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, 5 Mar. 2022 Plant carrots, lettuce, turnips, radishes, beets and English peas by seeds. Apply acephate to control fire ant mounds that are active in the vicinity of your family activities. Calvin Finch, San Antonio Express-News, 1 Oct. 2021 Use a product with spinosad that is labeled for the vegetable garden for fire ant activity in okra and other food crops. Calvin Finch, San Antonio Express-News, 1 Oct. 2021 For flowers, almost any insecticide will work to destroy the fire ant mound in the container. Calvin Finch, San Antonio Express-News, 17 Sep. 2021 For fire ant control, dry molasses should be applied to the entire site at 20 pounds per 1,000 square feet. Howard Garrett, Dallas News, 10 May 2021 Use a fire ant bait to control mounds over a wide geographic area. Calvin Finch, San Antonio Express-News, 19 Mar. 2021 The soil is full of pathogenic fungi just waiting for a nice juicy fire ant to blunder into them. Jennifer Frazer, Scientific American, 21 Nov. 2020 See More

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First Known Use of fire ant

1796, in the meaning defined above

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3 Apr 2022

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“Fire ant.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fire%20ant. Accessed 27 May. 2022.

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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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