from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A genus of ants called foraging or army ants, usually placed in the family Myrmicidæ, as the petiole of the abdomen has two nodes.
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Some were rushing into the passages, others were seen assisting their comrades to lift out the bodies of the formicae, while others were tearing them in pieces -- their weight being too great for that of a single eciton.
These were cut into three or four pieces, each of which was lifted up by an eciton and carried off.