red ant


Definition of red ant

: any of various reddish ants (such as the pharaoh ant)

Examples of red ant in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Linger on a brown too long and red ants bite the ankles. Los Angeles Times, "‘Rez golf’: Where fairways are dirt and hazards include goats," 17 Oct. 2019 Sweden has changed radically since the 1970s, but Bernie Sanders has stood still in time, an irritable red ant suspended in amber. Kevin D. Williamson, National Review, "The Democrats Are the Socialist Party Again," 20 June 2019 The animals were also bitten by red ants and close to the 17th fissure of the eruption. Natalie Dreier, ajc, "Missing dogs found stuck between lava and fence, rescued," 14 May 2018 The animal rescuers crawled through grass to the fence line to get to the dogs, which were covered in red ant bites, according to Hawaii News Now. Nicole Darrah, Fox News, "Missing dogs stranded near Hawaii lava flow are rescued after 10 harrowing days," 14 May 2018 Every summer, blood-red ants of the species Formica sanguinea go on a mission to capture slaves. Erica Tennenhouse, Science | AAAS, "How blood-red ants became slave snatchers," 11 Apr. 2018 Burger 1:16 Watch this red ant attempt to drag a snake 1:00 Fort Worth's Top Spots for Instagram Users Video Link Embed Code Facebook Twitter Email Eugene Bostick's dog train became an online sensation after a video appeared on BuzzFeed. Courtney Ortega, star-telegram, "Popular dog food company recalls products after they test positive for euthanasia drug," 16 Feb. 2018 Kafa would be engulfed in the late 19th century by the Ethiopian empire, whose soldiers, armed with European guns, would not be repelled by Kafa’s unusual weapons: red ants and bees hurled at the invading forces. Howard Chua-eoan, New York Times, "If Tea Isn’t Your Cuppa, How About Beer, Wine or Coffee?," 22 Dec. 2017

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First Known Use of red ant

1667, in the meaning defined above

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“Red ant.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Aug. 2020.

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