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

  • n. Any of several ants of the genus Solenopsis, especially S. geminata or S. saevissima of the southern United States and tropical America, that build large mounds and can inflict a painful sting.

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  • n. Any of several red or yellow North American ants, of the genus Solenopsis, that can inflict a harsh sting.

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  • n. omnivorous ant of tropical and subtropical America that can inflict a painful sting


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  • They were not sure if it came from medicine that George was taking for his fire ant bites that he got while hunting in Beeville, Texas, just before the New Year, or from the pepper, or from all the octopus we had been eating.

    Barbara Bush


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