from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Any of various large ants of the genus Camponotus that nest in and are destructive to wood.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Any of several large ants, of the genus Camponatus, found in North America and northern China, that build nests in dead wood

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. any species of ant which gnaws galleries in the wood of trees and constructs its nests therein. They usually select dead or somewhat decayed wood. The common large American species is Formica Pennsylvanica.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Any wood-working ant, such as Camponotus æthiops, Lasius flavus, or L. fuliginosus of Europe, or C. Pennsylvanicus of America.

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

  • n. ant that nests in decaying wood in which it bores tunnels for depositing eggs


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