from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. An ant which stings severely, producing a burning sensation: a common name in tropical countries of various species of stinging ants of the family Myrmecidæ.


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  • Research on the kudzu bug has trumped fire-ant and pecan weevil projects at the quiet Griffin campus.

    Bug Battle: An Invasive Plant Now Faces Its Own Attacker

  • “Yeah, he can come put his fire-ant hands all over me,” the sound guy agreed.

    Hot Mess

  • Apparently the Queen of Hearts is coming too -- I'm thinking anthropomorphic furry fire-ant.

    Boing Boing

  • And I annihilated several fire-ant compounds by enticing them to eat bait packed with a soil-dwelling bacterium that fried their tiny nervous systems.

    Death by Mint Oil: Natural Pesticides

  • Perhaps nothing sums up the company's inherent struggle with naturals more than its new Ecosense brand fire-ant bait.

    Where the Grass Is Made Greener

  • No baits -- poisons that insects carry into their colonies -- have yet been formulated specifically for these ants, which eat everything from hotdogs to honey, but don't like fire-ant bait.

    'Crazy Ants' Get Under Skin of Gulf Coast Residents

  • Ms. Zorn helps promotes the festival for months, with chocolate-covered fire ants and events such as a fire-ant calling contest.

    Due to the Economy, There Will Be

  • Most of us were already suffering from sunburns and fire-ant bites from a few days of Texas sun.

    Jodie Evans: On Camp Casey...

  • Others have suggested " fire-ant warfare " with tiny robots that can only do limited damage individually, but have enough cumulative effect to overwhelm an opponent.

    Military Builds Robotic Insects

  • During most of the pre-interview I was as twitchy as a picnicker sitting on a fire-ant nest.

    Beat it...


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