red ant


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

Examples of red ant in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The image in one teems with red ants; in the other, cockroaches swarm. Christopher Knight, Los Angeles Times, 20 Sep. 2023 Getting a gorgeous photo of a sports car tearing up a winding road usually involves standing on a hillside in the rain (or the cold or the broiling sun) while red ants devour your legs. Tony Quiroga, Car and Driver, 20 Apr. 2023 The caterpillars impersonate the grubs of a particular red ant species, going so far as to secrete the same chemicals and make the same noises. Discover Magazine, 29 June 2010 The common red ant is ingenious at traversing terrain. Cecilia Rodriguez, Forbes, 18 Mar. 2022 This has meant trekking glaciers in Patagonia, bathing elephants and eating red ant eggs in Thailand, riding motorcycles through Vietnam's countryside, road tripping around the Himalayas, and summiting mountains in Montenegro. Travel + Leisure, 28 Feb. 2022 The titular character is a red ant, who in Mr. Roldán’s scratchy drawings has a bulbous body, long antennae and a comical overbite. Meghan Cox Gurdon, WSJ, 30 Apr. 2021 Linger on a brown too long and red ants bite the ankles. Los Angeles Times, 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, 20 June 2019 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1667, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of red ant was in 1667

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Cite this Entry

“Red ant.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Dec. 2023.

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