from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A grass, Aristida oligantha, growing in the clearings around the nests of the agricultural ants of Texas, which feed upon its seeds.
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Dr. Lincecum maintains that the tiny farmers actually sow and cultivate the ant-rice.
They make regular clearings around their nests, and on these clearings they allow nothing to grow except a particular kind of grain, known as ant-rice.