from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. a small ant (Myrmecocystus melliger), found in the Southwestern United States, and in Mexico, living in subterranean formicares. There are larger and smaller ordinary workers, and others, which serve as receptacles or cells for the storage of honey, their abdomens becoming distended to the size of a currant. These, in times of scarcity, regurgitate the honey and feed the rest.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. An ant of the genus Myrmecocystus, as M. mexicanus or M. melliger, of southwestern North America.


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