Definition of magnetic termite in English:

magnetic termite

noun

  • A North Australian termite which builds tall flattened mounds that are aligned north–south.

    • ‘The Magnetic termites up north are grass- eaters only; other mound builders will eat grass and/or solid wood.’
    • ‘Magnetic termites (Amitermes meridionalis) are adapted to living on floodplains with waterlogged soil.’
    • ‘The “Magnetic Termite” Amitermes meridionalis occurs only in a small part of the Northern Territory of Australia and builds famous wedge-shaped mounds with an elongated axis that is orientated in a striking north-south direction.’