from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- proper n. The type genus of the Myrmeleontidae, including the antlions.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A genus of Myrmeleonidæ; the ant-lions. See ant-lion.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. type genus of the Myrmeleontidae: antlions
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(‘Myrmeleon formicaleo’), great numbers of which, both in the larvae and complete state, are met with.
"There is, then, nothing wonderful in the supposed industry of the ant-lion (_Myrmeleon formica-leo_), which, having thrown up a hillock of movable sand, waits until its booty is thrown down to the bottom of its funnel by the showers of sand to become its victim; also there is none in the manoeuvre of the oyster, which, to satisfy all its wants, does nothing but open and close its shell.
[Footnote 1: _Palpares contrarius_, Walker; _Myrmeleon gravis_, Walker;