meat ant

noun

Definition of meat ant

  1. :  any of several ants of the genus Iridomyrmex that are found mainly in Australia, typically feed as scavengers, and often form large colonies protected by aggressive workers; especially :  a reddish-purple ant (I. purpureus synonym I. detectus) common throughout Australia and forming large nest mounds which are often topped with gravel Meat ants are Australia's most prolific ants, sometimes building super-nests that extend more than 650m. The 1cm-long workers also have powerful jaws and bite rather than sting. — Peter Morley, Sunday Mail (Brisbane, Australia), 6 Apr. 2003

There's more!

Love words? You must — there are over 200,000 words in our free online dictionary, but you are looking for one that’s only in the Merriam-Webster Unabridged Dictionary.

Start your free trial today and get unlimited access to America's largest dictionary, with:

  • More than 250,000 words that aren't in our free dictionary
  • Expanded definitions, etymologies, and usage notes
  • Advanced search features
  • Ad free!
Already a subscriber? Log in.

First Known Use of meat ant

1900


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up meat ant? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!