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- adj. Of, or pertaining to the Formicinae subfamily of ants
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Same as formicate.
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A moment before, hundreds of ants were trudging around a tiny pool, the water lined with ant handrails, and in shallow places, veritable formicine pontoons, -- large ants which stood up to their bodies in water, with the booty-laden host passing over them.
Formicine males often bear a certain resemblance to workers - the antennae, for example, are geniculate - while Dolichoderine males are typically pleisiomorphic, looking much more poneromorph than formicine.
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