Definition of wood ant in English:

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wood ant

noun

A large reddish-brown European ant found chiefly in woodland, living in nest mounds which it defends by spraying formic acid at the attacker.
  • Formica rufa, family Formicidae
Example sentences
  • In the present study, we investigated patterns of aggression and nest mate recognition in the wood ant, Formica paralugubris.
  • Penny Webb often leads guided walks through the woods here and takes Helen to the huge mounds that are home to the hairy wood ant.
  • The Harvard University professor is reluctant to guess which of the 150 species of wood ant you may have seen.

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