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Of or belonging to the subfamily Myrmicinae of stinging ants. Also more generally: of or relating to ants.
An ant of the subfamily Myrmicinae.
Late 19th century; earliest use found in Cassell's Natural History. From ancient Greek μυρμηκ-, μύρμηξ ant + -ine. In specific application (and in form myrmicine) after scientific Latin Myrmicinae, subfamily name from Myrmica, genus name (P. A. Latreille in Nouveau Dict. d'Hist. Nat XXIV. (Tableaux méthodiques) 179/1) + -inae.
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