myrmicine

noun myr·mi·cine \ ˈmərməˌsīn , -sə̇n \

Definition of myrmicine

plural -s
: any of a large subfamily of ants having the pedicel of the abdomen in two well-marked segments and including many of the commonly encountered forms (as the little black ant, leaf-cutting ants, and the pavement ant)

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Origin and Etymology of myrmicine

New Latin Myrmicinae, subfamily of ants, from New Latin Myrmica, type genus (irregular from Greek myrmēk-, myrmēx ant) + -inae


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