honey ant

noun

: any of various ants some of whose workers serve as receptacles for the storage of honey which they are able to regurgitate from their greatly distended abdomens when it is needed to feed other members of the colony

Word History

First Known Use

1852, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of honey ant was in 1852

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“Honey ant.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/honey%20ant. Accessed 24 Jun. 2024.

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