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 Use a fire ant bait to control mounds over a wide geographic area. Calvin Finch, San Antonio Express-News, "San Antonio: Advice for your freeze-damaged lawn, butterfly garden and more," 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, "If It Smells like Dirt, Fire Ants Are Interested," 21 Nov. 2020 When a fire ant colony gets flooded, the ants hook their feet to other ants’ bodies to create a buoyant mass, taking turns above and below the waterline. Michael Parmelee, Magazine, "The pandemic dealt photographers setbacks—and surprises," 8 Dec. 2020 In China, scientists observed that some soils seemed to be favored by fire ant queens. Jennifer Frazer, Scientific American, "If It Smells like Dirt, Fire Ants Are Interested," 21 Nov. 2020 But some individuals who get bit by a fire ant experience more than a localized reaction on the skin. Maggie O'neill, Health.com, "Everything You Need to Know About Ant Bites, According to Experts," 10 Aug. 2020 The most common reaction to a fire ant sting or bite is in fact a red, raised welt, according to the American Osteopathic College of Dermatology. Maggie O'neill, Health.com, "Everything You Need to Know About Ant Bites, According to Experts," 10 Aug. 2020 Control fire ants in your vegetable garden with a fire ant insecticide with Spinosad as the active ingredient. ExpressNews.com, "Calvin Finch: It’s time for San Antonio tomato gardeners to start over with fall plants," 18 June 2020 Invasive fire ants, too small and fast for the lizards to eat, have proliferated, as have invasive feral hogs, which eat the lizards. Alia Malik, ExpressNews.com, "UT San Antonio grad student joins fight to save a Texas icon — the ‘horny toad’," 27 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of fire ant

1796, in the meaning defined above

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3 Apr 2021

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“Fire ant.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fire%20ant. Accessed 8 May. 2021.

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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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