Definition of bulldog ant in English:

bulldog ant


  • A large Australian ant with large jaws and a powerful sting.

    Genus Myrmecia, family Formicidae

    Also called bull ant
    • ‘Jackjumpers and bulldog ants are native to Australia, New Zealand and Tasmania.’
    • ‘On the way, he was bitten by a red-bellied black snake, attacked by bulldog ants, chased by crocodiles, and stranded by swift-flowing rivers.’
    • ‘The queen bulldog ant takes multiple mates and then, after that, never mates again for the rest of her life.’
    • ‘Although classified as a ‘primitive’ ant, the bulldog ant exhibits complex social behavior and is obviously far from a simple biological entity.’
    • ‘The Aruntas of Australia think that a medicine man's powers will be destroyed if he is bitten by a bulldog ant.’