Definitions

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  • proper n. A taxonomic family within the superfamily Vespoidea — the ants.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • proper n. The natural family of insects comprising the ants.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A family of aculeate hymenopterous insects, of the series Heterogyna or Formicariæ; the ants.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. ants

Etymologies

Formica +‎ -idae (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Ecological dominance by Paratrechina longicornis Hymenoptera: Formicidae, an invasive tramp ant, in Biosphere 2.

    World Wide Mind

  • Then, a few weeks ago, with no warning, no exchange of diplomatic notes, no discussion before the Formicidae/Human Friendship Council, no trial balloons launched on Meet the Ant, or spokes-ants on cable talkers bashing Evanston's anti-ant immigration bill, they began colonizing my kitchen: mobs of ants, hordes of ants, armies of ants.

    Michael Jones: The Empire of the Ants

  • The most diverse groups are the Lepidoptera and Formicidae.

    Cocos Island moist forests

  • The destruction of the ant hill was regretted by some of the more scrupulous students, but the exhibit gave us more real knowledge of the industries, the habits of life, the architecture, the skill and the intelligence of the Formicidae, than we gained in any other way.

    My Friends at Brook Farm

  • Afterward I made a little book myself, giving the results of our investigations set forth in papers read at meetings of the Club, notes of experiments, and of Mr. Hosmer's lectures or rather talks on the wonderful works of the Formicidae.

    My Friends at Brook Farm

  • In this country, taken as a whole, Flickers are very numerous, and the millions of individual birds which have yet escaped the guns of degenerate pot hunters constitute a mighty army of destruction to the _Formicidae_.

    The Bird Study Book

  • Ant (Formicidae) - Ants are one of the most successful groups of insects to inhabit the Earth during the past 100 million years.

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  • Formicidae in the order Hymenoptera, the same order comprising bees and wasps, and are believed to have descended from a wasp-like ancestor.

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  • (Marantaceae) seeds by carnivorous ponerines (Formicidae) in a tropical rain forest.

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  • A single segmented waist may be a synapomorphy for Formicidae, but within the family it is symplesiomorphic among the subfamilies sharing it.

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