weaver ant


: any of various ants (especially genus Oecophylla) that build nests from leaves bound together with silk secreted by larvae

Examples of weaver ant in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Researchers are studying a species of ant, the weaver ant Oecophylla smaragdina, that can move vertically amid trees by building a ladder using its own body. John Timmer, Ars Technica, 12 July 2023 Looking up at a tree in the southwest Indian district of Coorg, Gordon Ramsay holds a bag and sways on his feet in an attempt to be in the right place to catch a weaver ant nest. Jill K. Robinson, National Geographic, 20 May 2020 Ants are highly sought food sources in many parts of the world: The black weaver ant is popular in China, India and Sri Lanka, and leafcutter species are quite popular in Mexico. Sandee Lamotte, CNN, 25 Oct. 2019

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Word History

First Known Use

1913, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of weaver ant was in 1913

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“Weaver ant.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/weaver%20ant. Accessed 21 Feb. 2024.

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