Definition of myrmicine in English:

myrmicine

(also myrmecine)

adjective

Entomology
  • Of or belonging to the subfamily Myrmicinae of stinging ants. Also more generally: of or relating to ants.

noun

Entomology
  • An ant of the subfamily Myrmicinae.

Origin

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.

Pronunciation

myrmicine

/ˈməːmɪsʌɪn//ˈməːmɪsɪn//ˈməːmɪsiːn/